Focus On The City

Summer 2020 Events

The year 2020 has had many challenges and obstacles for many families. During this season of uncertainty, we wanted to be a blessing during these difficult times. August 3rd, we gave out the first ever Focus on the City Student Leader award to Jack Grant, of James Madison High School in Houston Texas. Jack is currently attending The University of Houston. Jack received an Acer laptop, backpack, $150 dollar gift card to HEB Groceries, 7 books for inspiration, a Walmart Gift card for $75 dollars and a $30 dollar gift card to the Breakfast Club Restaurant. We are praying and rooting for Jack and his future success.

We also hosted the first ever drive up back pack giveaway at the Jackie Joyner Kersee Center on August 22nd. We are very grateful for the Jackie Joyner Center for their support. We gave away 200 backpacks, 75 pairs of shoes, and over 100 clothing items which included pants, dresses and shirts and suits. We also gave over 1000 pairs of socks courtesy of Bombas Socks.  We are grateful for everyone who donated their time and resources to help us to serve so many families. We will continue to help and serve and our first event in 2021 will be in Houston Texas. It will be an event focusing on African American boys and providing resources to help them in areas of entrepreneurship, wealth, reading and mental health.  Thanks to everyone and we will see you in 2021.

Alonzo Perrin

Backpack Giveaway


Jack Grant received a backpack, school supplies, $30 gift certificate to Breakfast Club, $75 gift certificate to Walmart, $150 gift certificate to HEB, and a new laptop.  Thanks again to the organization "Focus on The City."



Phone: (615) 310-0861
Fax: (706) 754-9247

Mailing Address:
7809 Lake Drive, East St Louis, IL 62203


Donations can be received via Paypal(The Yellow Donate Tab) and CashApp($Focusonthecity) We are currently working with Helping Hands Charities, a qualified 501(3)(c) organization, to accept tax-deductible donations which will be the Blue Donate Tab. Please click here for Helping Hands Charities and search for Focus on the City (click here to go there directly). If you have any questions regarding donations using the Helping Hands option, contact: Missy Kennedy at 706/754/6884. Thank you for your support.

We want the families to feel loved and receive blessings from generous people.

Please see this article (click here) about the August 2019 event.


Backpacks can be ordered in bulk from the following websites: and Backpacks can be ordered individually from and All backpacks can be sent to the above mailing address. Thank you for your support.