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Bears invite fans to join in holiday giving

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The Chicago Bears and Bears Care are supporting a number of holiday initiatives this season.

The organization will be supporting Target Area's Victim's Advocate program, serving the Chatham, Englewood and West Englewood neighborhoods. The program will serve 50 families who will be spending their first holiday season without loved ones lost to gun violence, in addition to other challenges.

Target Area is a regional grassroots social justice organization with two offices in Illinois and sister organizations in Indiana, Michigan and South Africa. For more about Target Area, click here.

Students from Leo High School will assist in assembling care packages which will include coats, boots, holiday gifts, a Christmas tree from Lowe's, gift cards and other family essentials. Care packages will be delivered on Dec. 23.

Fans interested in supporting the initiative can do so by clicking here by Dec. 18.

The Bears will also partner with Midwest Dairy and the Greater Chicago Food Depository to distribute 1,000 meals on Dec. 12.

My Block, My Hood, My City, along with Bears Hall of Famer Richard Dent, will distribute meals in Chatham, while Bears Hall of Famer Dan Hampton and City Year will distribute in the South Shore area.

My Block, My Hood, My City is an organization that seeks to provide underprivileged youth with perspective-broadening experiences. For more information, click here.

City Year is a program that unites young adults of diverse backgrounds to complete a year of community service. For more information, click here.

Through a partnership with Lowe's, the team will also distribute 430 trees through local charities.

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