2016 was the first year that 21 Days of Love was focused on Chester, Pennsylvania, and it was nothing short of amazing. The volunteer team went to a community event that was focused on feeding people experiencing hunger and homelessness in downtown Chester on Christmas Day, and distributed "love bags" to all of the individuals present. After this, the team drove over to a facility that houses single women and families and presented the love bags to the women. The women there especially loved the blankets, and there was one special little girl who adored the Hello Kitty winter coat she received.
After being crowned Temple University's Homecoming Queen for the 2015-2016 school year, Lorae started working on 21 Days of Love. From November 1st-21st, many Temple University and Philadelphia entities were involved, including students from YouthBuild Philadelphia & student leaders from Temple University's Diamond Leadership Program.
Hundreds of items were donated to the Old Pine Community Center, and groups of people served at Broad Street Ministry, The Food Trust, Delaware County's Life Center, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Chosen 300 and more.
The goal of this year was to get students to be active and engaged in the Philadelphia community whether they are long-term residents or only in Philadelphia to pursue Higher Education.
Special thanks to Temple University students, alumni, faculty and friends who made this year possible.
On October 19th, 2014, Lorae Bonamy had the idea to begin 21 Days of Love as a way to commemorate her 21st birthday. Through crowdfunding and in-person donations; she raised approximately $800 dollars. At the Benefit Concert, guests donated enough items to fill over 50 love packages for people experiencing homelessness.
21 Days of Love consisted of a Benefit Concert, Prayer Walk, Educational Workshop and a Service Project; scores of people supported the campaign and even more people were positively impacted. 21 Days of Love was supported by The EnterTech Foundation, Kingdom Worship Center Church, Temple University Housing & Residential Life, and many other wonderful people in the city of Philadelphia.
21 Days of Love collaborated with Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Project Home & the Old Pine Community Center.
The 21 Days of Love team would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the people who have made and are making this campaign possible; please visit them on the web and support them in their distinct endeavors.