The holiday season is a time for giving, and this is usually when even the smallest acts of kindness mean the most. For one South Side family, Christmas came early thanks to the help and kindness of the Chicago White Sox.
A group of volunteers from the team, along with former two-sport icon Bo Jackson and the organization Digs with Dignity, united to give a pregnant mother a complete home makeover. The recipient, Tanika Harmon, currently has three children and has bounced around shelters during her times of homelessness.
While Harmon and her kids were away on Friday, Jackson and his group got to work. An apartment that once only featured a mattress and TV set was quickly transformed thanks to a truckload of gifts. New furniture throughout, personalized decor, a pantry full of food, essential items, and a decorated Christmas tree with plenty of presents underneath highlighted the transformation.
Once the family returned, Jackson brought them inside and showed them their new home. Harmon’s three young kids’ faces lit up as brightly as the lights on their new Christmas tree, and Harmon herself was brought to tears.
“This was my dream come true,” said Harmon to local media. “I’ve been wanting something like this all my life. And since I didn’t have (anything), y’all gave my kids what I didn’t have.”
For the White Sox, it’s another example of the impact the organization works to have in the South Side community.
And for the hardworking mother, hopefully, this is just the beginning of an exciting new chapter.
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