$150 for gift cards for the homeless

Updated 12/11/2017 4:07 PM

Today's recipient of $150 through the Believe Project wants to buy McDonald's gift cards for people staying in PADS shelters. Through the contribution of an additional donor, the Believe Project award has been increased to $150 since the recipients shared their stories.

• John Spoden of Prospect Heights:


"If I were fortunate enough to be awarded the $100, I would add $100 of my own money and buy $5 McDonald's gift cards. I would have several local churches distribute the cards to PADS, or Public Action to Deliver Shelter, attendees during the holiday season.

"In our area, seven churches each provide shelter to the homeless one night a week during the winter months.

"The past three years I have been lucky enough to be awarded $300. After adding my $300 and contributions from relatives and friends, I was able to purchase more than $1,100 worth of McDonald's gift cards.

"I am trying again this year because the homeless are still in need of help. The churches have told me how much the homeless appreciate getting the gift cards. Thanks so much for your past kindness. An act of kindness is never forgotten."

• The Believe Project is awarding $150 daily in December to a total of 48 people with good ideas for how to use the money to do a good deed for someone else.

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