Donations Stolen From South Side Charity

by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

November 29, 2021

CHICAGO – In a shameful act, a 53-foot shipping container donated by CSX Railroad was stolen from an Englewood parking lot, along with thousands of gifts inside.

Delece Williams, President of Kidz Korna, stood with many of her community partners on Monday morning, who had worked all year to fill that container with donations to give to local families before Christmas.

According to Williams the container the missing white container has the serial number UMXU 630361.

“We have a lot of senior citizens that are depending on us helping with the grandkids, as well as single parents. Everybody knows that COVID has hit and it’s trying times right now and we need to step up and support the people that we can support,” said Sharon Preston, Founder of Flags of the Heart.

“This had to be orchestrated by someone who really is a professional. These kids look so forward to this. It should put a tear in everybody’s heart when it comes to the children,” said Farley Jackmaster Funk, supporter of Kidz Korna.

They had been collecting toys and other items all year and planned to distribute them along 40 Chicago blocks next month.  Kidz Korna is hoping for toy and money donations, as well as a permanent location so they do not have to rely on containers to keep Kidz Korna inventory safe from thieves.

Those who want to help can go to to donate money or find toy drop off locations in the Chicago area.