The Dodge Grand Caravans were packed to the gunwales in the McCormick Center atrium as Chrysler LLC became the first automotive sponsor of the Chicago Auto Show's Food Drive to benefit the Christian Industrial League of Chicago.
Show goers received half price admission for donating three cans of food to help fill the food pantries and shelters run by the Christian Industrial League.
"At Chrysler, we believe the auto show provides us an opportunity to demonstrate the great cars and trucks we have to meet customer's needs and the kind of exciting driving experiences they can have in our vehicles through our test tracks. But it is also an opportunity for us to showcase the kind of company we are and Chrysler is an American company that is dedicated to serving the communities in which we live and work," said Lewis Scott, Director of Chrysler's Midwest Business Center. "We are so proud to be involved with the Christian Industrial League and their great work to benefit the people of Chicago."
"Over the past 13 years the Chicago Auto Show has collected nearly 234,000 pounds of food for the CCIL and we believe that the food drive is an important element of the work we do each year in putting on the auto show in this great community," said Bob Loquercio, Chairman of the 2008 Chicago Auto Show.
"The food collected during these three days at the Chicago Auto Show allow us to feed the homeless and poor of this city through the winter, and it means a tremendous amount to the sustainability of our organization," said Executive Director of the Christian Industrial League.
The Chicago Christian Industrial League (CCIL), established in 1909 on the Near West side of Chicago, is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization serving poor and homeless men, women, and families from the entire metropolitan area. CCIL's mission is to provide the resources, opportunities and support necessary so these poor and homeless Chicagoans can return to the workforce and lead independent lives.
For more information, about the CCIL go to www.ccilworks.org.