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The Center – Joliet receives

“Project Give Good” from Starbucks


On December 22, 2017, to my surprise; after receiving a phone call from Starbucks District Manager Vickie Perkins saying “when would I be stopping by Starbucks…because I have something for you”. I replied I was just heading out the door to go there. It’s my favorite place to stop for coffee. She replied “…I just left but I can turn around and meet you there because I may not be back until sometime next month”. Off I go to Starbucks.

Ms. Vickie was a little sneaky, but I went inside waiting for her to call when she had arrived, having no clue as to why. As usual, ordered my coffee, pulled out some work from my backpack and got busy. I was really in the zone. I looked up and there was

Ms. Vickie with Charlie the Manager of the Frankfort store. I stud up with a Merry Christmas greeting and noticed Charlie was holding something. Ms. Vickie preceded to say something like “…On the behalf of Starbucks, we wanted to present you with this award for the work youth at The Center and in the community”. What!!! Followed by “No Way”!!!

Ms. Vickie & Charlie handed me a stack of gift cards as a part of Project Give Good from Starbucks. Needless to say, I was truly shocked and amazed. I posed with Charlie with smiles from ear to ear.

This is truly an amazing story with me, The Center and Starbucks. On November 26, 2017, the old Frankfort store was closed as they were re-opening in their new location about 100 yards away. Starbucks converted on old restaurant into what is now the new Starbucks in Frankfort.

Over many months ago, when I had heard they were finally moving; I asked Ms. Vickie about the old furniture and if whatever they would not use would Starbucks consider donating it to The Center as we are a 501(c)(3) youth organization. She said, just coordinate with Charlie. Needless to say, we received a lot of the old furniture from the Frankfort store for your youth who just recently moved to Joliet.

Wow, what a blessing. This weekend, Thank You to Starbucks and Charlie for the gift of furniture. The Center has made a handmade Thank You card from our kids (see attached).

Thank You & Merry Christmas!

Rick Abbott, President
The Center
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