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Bears Receiver Allen Robinson Gives Back to Local Boys & Girls Club through ‘Operation Elf’ Program
Posted By:  Austin Alley
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

On Monday evening, December 3, Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Allen Robinson hosted a group of 40 students from the Linda & Bill Gantz Boys & Girls Club in Chicago at the New-City Dick’s Sporting Goods for his annual holiday program, Operation Elf. One of the signature community outreach programs of Allen Robinson’s Within Reach Foundation, Operation Elf treats low-income Chicago children to a fun shopping spree at a local retailer to purchase Christmas gifts for themselves or their loved ones, relieving seasonal financial stressors for their families. Each student received a $150 gift card to purchase anything they wanted from the store.

Robinson greeted each student as they entered Dick’s Sporting Goods, signing autographs and taking photos. He also spoke to the students about the importance of working hard in the classroom, as his foundation’s mission is focused around education. Robinson then joined the students to help them shop for fun gifts, such as new shoes, athletic wear, and sports gear. Volunteers from the Boys & Girls Club assisted the students with their shopping.

Operation Elf is one of numerous outreach programs held annually by the Within Reach Foundation. In fact, Monday’s Operation Elf represents the first official program in Chicago for Robinson after three years of outreach in Jacksonville. The inaugural Operation Elf was held in 2015, where 50 students received new bikes. Since then, the program has provided a special Christmas experience for 170 in-need students.

“I am happy to bring our established programs here to all the different and wonderful communities of Chicago,” Robinson said. “Through Operation Elf, we hope to give these kids a memorable Christmas.”

The program on Monday precedes Robinson’s first major fundraising event in Chicago, An Evening Within Reach, which will be held next Monday at the Montgomery Club. This event will raise funds in support of programs like Operation Elf, as well as the foundation’s newest program, Reach For a Book, which will install reading rooms in Title I elementary schools.






 
 

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IMPACT

The goal of the Allen Robinson's Within Reach Foundation is to impact 5,000 students by the end of 2020 through all outreach programs.            

NEED

Children who do not have access to self-selected books read at levels nearly 50-percent below their peers who have access to self-selected books.

WHY?

Before becoming the major free agent signing of the Bears in February of 2018, Allen had become one of the Jaguars’ most involved players in the community.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE
IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

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