ZION – Alyssa’s Angels and the local Black Lives Matter organization handed out turkeys to residents Nov. 17 at Inn at Market Square in Zion.
Alyssa’s Angels is an organization created in 2009 after the death of founder Ron Molinaro’s daughter, Alyssa.
“I’m very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with my longtime friend Clyde Mclemore and the BLM movement to ensure families throughout the Zion area will be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with their families this year.” Molinaro said in a news release.
Since 2009, Alyssa’s Angels has helped remodel the Boys and Girls Club that is in Grace Missionary Church in Zion. Alyssa’s Angels also has collected thousands of winter coats that have been distributed to those in need. For several years, the organization also has maintained a strip on Ninth Street near Lorelei Acres as part of the Lake County Adopt-a-Highway Program.
Alyssa’s Angels distributed more than 50 turkeys to local charities, churches and families in need in the Zion area over the weekend of Nov. 17.
Among those who made the turkey project possible were Kal Shakir of the South Chicago Auto Auctions, Burger King on Lewis Avenue in Beach Park, Pastor Mitchell Johnson of the MCP Foundation and Pastor Robert Williams of Mount Zion Baptist Church, as well as Clyde Mclemore of BLM and Latrisha Cole from Our Shining Stars Foundation, Molinaro said in the release.