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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