Thanksgiving Day ‘Pay It Forward Mission’ Hosted by ‘A Community of One’


Theresa Siaw founder of ‘A Community of One’ will be donating and handing out approximately 1,000 turkeys on Monday, November 20th.  Three-Hundred turkeys will be distributed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to OMNI Healthcare patients at the clinic located at 2720 West Division Street, Chicago for Thanksgiving Day. The other 700 turkeys will be distributed to local churches throughout the Humboldt Park area.  The turkey-giveaway is part of Theresa’s traditional Thanksgiving Day, ‘Pay It Forward Mission.’ 

In order to receive a turkey, participants must have been given a “Golden Ticket.” OMNI Healthcare patients will be given their tickets day-of. Participants coming from neighborhood churches will be given a ticket beforehand. Tickets will be given to those in dire need. Theresa Siaw is dedicated to ensuring that their patients and community members have a happy and healthy holiday season.

“We are all human beings and it is important that we all help one another out in the community. There are so many families who rely on our annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway. Our mission is to ensure that everybody have a happy and safe holiday,” said Theresa Siaw. 

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the average price of a 16-pound turkey is $23.04. For many families living in the Humboldt Park area, this is considered unaffordable. According to the City of Chicago's Health and Human Services, 34% of Humboldt Park residents live below the poverty line.  

Dedicated to promoting the importance of education, Theresa is an active philanthropist within the area of Humboldt Park and has started multiple outreach programs to help those within the community. Including the Omni Medical Student Training which helps students who have trained at foreign medical schools prepare for residencies in the United States. She is currently working with other community partners at the OMNI Healthcare Division Street location to launch a program to reintegrate former gang members back into the Humboldt Park community in a positive and productive way. 

About OMNI Healthcare 

OMNI Healthcare, a multi-location health clinic in the Chicago area including the neighborhoods of Humboldt Park and Uptown. OMNI Healthcare opened their doors back in 2008 to underserved patients. The clinic, which takes appointments and walk-ins, has three internal medicine doctors with more than 60 combined years of experience, one in which speaks Hindu, Urdu and Gujarati. 

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The residents in Puerto Rico are struggling to find food and water after Hurricane Maria destroyed parts of the island.

Many people still cannot make phone calls to reach loves ones because power is scarce. But on Wednesday night, a team of professionals from the Chicago area are taking their skills to Puerto Rico to help those who need it most. CBS 2’s Sandra Torres has more.

“Here are some of the medications we are taking to Puerto Rico – ibuprofen, band-aids,” said Theresa Siaw, Omni Healthcare.

Medical supplies like these are in high demand in Puerto Rico.

“There’s people with chronic diseases, diabetes, life threatening and they’re not getting reach for days,” Siaw said.

But even more so, the need for doctors is urgent.

“There are people dying in hospitals now,” said Doctor Eric Mizuno.

That is why Doctor Eric Mizuno from Omni Healthcare in Humboldt Park is going to the island with 12 members of his clinic.

“To be down there, physically, to bring down not only supplies, but our abilities and skills to people in Puerto Rico suffering so much,” Dr. Mizuno said.

That is also why Chicagoan Eric James is planning a trip to San Juan.

“Field Ready responds to natural disasters worldwide,” said Eric James, Director of Field Ready.

His non-profit called Field Ready includes a team with unique skills that are helpful during disaster relief.

“Team is made up of three people: team leader, engineer and designer,” James said.

They travel with 3-D printing machines to create tools once in the field.

“For example if a water pipe is broken or leaking, we can manufacture a new pipe fitting and put it in place,” he said.

They all have very unique skills. The biggest challenge for them is to find a way to get to Puerto Rico, as flights to the island are restricted.