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Beverly Students Raise $3K For Kenyan Wells

CHICAGO (CBS) — About 75 kids from a school in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood are celebrating a successful fundraising effort that will refurbish drinking water supplies in a village in Kenya. At Kellogg Elementary at 92nd and Leavitt, the students participated in a one-mile walk to raise money to bring clean water to a village in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya. “They have raised $3000 so we will be rehabilitating three wells in Kenya,” said teacher Diane Pajkos who runs the international baccalaureate program at the school. She said the kids were moved by the fact that in the village, the girls walk for miles fetching water, while the boys go to school. “They’re not getting an education because up to six hours of their day is getting water.” Seventh graders Chloe Reed and  Kyle Trotter said they weren’t surprised to hear about what the boys and girls had to do. “No, because I know it is a thing in the United States. Women have to do most of the work and they still get underpaid,” said Reed. “This thing about girls not being able to go to school walk eight miles for water that’s not even clean,” added Trotter. The original goal was to raise $1000.

Assault Riffle Drawing Brings Protesters To Lake Co.

CHICAGO (CBS) – A number of protesters are upset with Lake County Republicans. They’re raffling off firearms to raise money. Including one linked to the deadly Las Vegas massacre. It’s a Republican fundraiser that’s been planned for weeks. There are flyers promoting what’s billed as a second amendment dinner and gun raffle. “Nobody expected Las Vegas,” said Mark Shaw, the Lake County GOP Chairman. “Our hearts go out to the families and victims.” But Las Vegas did happen. A sniper used a modified AR-15 to kill 58 people and injure 500. One that looks very similar to the AR-15 being raffled off here tonight. “The fact that an AR-15 was used by a crazed murderer, we weren’t going not use it,” said Shaw. “That would be disrespectful to the donor.” A spokesperson for the Illinois Rifle Association said “The AR-15 is the most popular gun in the country. I’d raffle off one too.” But gun control advocates protesting tonight call the raffle insensitive. Elise Hauptman said the event disrespects those who died in Las Vegas. “Absolutely. There’s no guarantee a law would have saved these people’s lives. But there’s a distinct possibility it could have.” Democrats running for governor critcized using firearms to raise funds. “That is so tone deaf, so offensive to so many American,” said Chris Kennedy. “It’s ridiculous in my mind that the GOP, at this moment, would do something like that.” Said J.B. Pritzker. There’s at least one Republican critic. Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor said he would not attend the event. Lawlor said the raffle was in poor taste and instead was going to be speaking to a gun control group.

‘Throw Paper Towels At Trump Tower’ Event Turns Into A Fundraiser For Hurricane Relief Efforts In Puerto Rico

CHICAGO (CBS) — What started as a joke, has turned into a fundraiser for Puerto Rican hurricane relief. One day when Adriana Miranda of Wicker Park was walking past Trump Tower, she remembered seeing the President throwing paper towel rolls as he toured relief efforts in Puerto Rico, and she posted a quip on Facebook about throwing paper towels at Trump Tower. “I thought it was a little funny for my friends to see and then the next day, when I was at work I just get all of these notifications on my phone and I thought that it blew up,” she said. Thousands of people responded, so she decided to turn it into a positive. “Once I saw how much attention it was getting, I felt obligated to do something, so I wanted to start a fundraiser for Puerto Rico,” Miranda said. And that’s what’s led to the “Throw Paper Towels at Trump Tower” event Nov. 2 to raise money for Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, a grassroots organization that pledges to give all proceeds to Puerto Rican disaster relief. Miranda doesn’t really want people to throw paper towels at Trump Tower, and she will have friends at the fundraiser to pick up trash if anyone does. According to the Facebook event, 2,200 people have responded that they are attending and another 20,000 showed interest.