Focus On The City

Backpack Giveaway at JJK Center

The following photos from our backpack giveaway on August 14th at the JJK Center in East St. Louis, focuses on our children. This is the main reason we are here. We are to equip our kids for their next levels in life. By the Grace of God, this was the biggest turnout of people we have ever experienced at this event. We estimated close to 450 people including parents and children attended this event. We ran out of everything! We gave 300 backpacks, 250 books and 75 items of Sporting Goods, 150 items of clothing. We also gave away 2 Samsung Chromebook laptops, a drone and a globe as door prizes. Thanks to the many people who gave their time, resources, donations and prayers for this event

Toni and Alonzo Perrin
Scholarship Award

During our 4th annual Backpack Giveaway at the JJK Center in East St Louis Illinois, Focus on the City gave the first Toni and Alonzo Perrin Scholarship Award (TAP) to Kelbi Cox. Kelbi graduated from East St Louis Senior High School this past spring. She will be attending the University of Illinois this fall. She has already attained her Associates Degree. This award totaled $1000 in Funds and Resouces. The resources included, $500, A Chromebook laptop, Tennessee State University backpack, a starter library pack of books and other gifts. We would like to thank Kenya Frye from the staff of East St. Louis Sr. High school for assisting in this process. We pray blessings and God's covering over Kelbi as she shifts into a new season of her life. Go be great and significant! Lets give a Congratulations to Kelbi Cox.

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East St. Louis Annual
Back to School Event
August 14, 2021


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Basic School Supplies List
August 14, 2021 Event

  • Backpacks
  • #2 Pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Sharpeners
  • Highlighters
  • Rulers
  • Pocket Folders

Requested Books for Focus on the City
Backpack and Book Giveaway August 2021

  • Kingdom Quest, Taking Faith and Character to the Next Level: Tony Evans
  • For Girls Like You, A Devotional for Tweens: Wynter Pitts
  • The Undefeated: Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson
  • The Black Millionaires of Tomorrow: Dr. Boyce Watkins
  • Little Miss is Destined for Greatness: Amber Bogan/Native of East St. Louis
  • All Because You Matter: Tami Charles and Bryan Collier
  • I Am Every Good Thing: Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James
  • The Playbook, 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life: Kwame Alexander
  • Austin Plays Fair: Tony and Lauren Dungy
  • Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans: Kadir Nelson
  • Sulwe: Lupita Nyong’o
  • I Am Enough: Grace Byers
  • The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up The World: ESPN’s The
  • Hair Love: Matthew Cherry
  • Courage to Soar: Simone Biles
  • Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy: Emmanuel Acho
  • I Promise: Lebron James

Battles, Books, and Business

Greetings. I'm truly honored and blessed to have been a part of our Black Boys Empowerment series, Battles, Books, and Business on March 27th. Thanks to the Bayland Community Center for being gracious hosts for our event. We were blessed to have 10 wonderful future world changers and community leaders.  We were honored to have 3 awesome speakers,  Cayford Campbell  of East St Louis and a retiree of the United States Army,  Omari Issa of East St Louis and Ashley Jefferson White  from Houston and both are  an Alumnus  of Tennessee State University. Each kid's life was changed forever after hearing them speak. 85 percent of our kids did not own a suit prior to this event.  Each kid received a brand new suit, suit separate or slacks and a shirt and tie with brand new shoes. Each kid will also receive a digital print from the photography of Marshall Mullen Photography here in the Houston/Katy Texas area. Thank you, Mr. Mullen and Mr. Jones for the great visuals from this event.  Here are some pictures from the event.

To view a full explanation of the event, please go to this following link:

Thanks for the support.



Phone: (615) 310-0861

East St Louis mailing address:
7809 Lake Dr,
East St Louis, IL 62203


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Thank you for partnering with us. Your %100 percent taxable donation is much appreciated and your giving will continue to enhance our goals to add a focus on the families that God brings into our lives. Thank you for continued support and God Bless.

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

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

Donating Clear Backpacks

Backpacks can be ordered in bulk and individually from the following websites:, and Please send all backpacks to 7809 Lake Drive, East St. Louis, Illinois 62203. Thank you for your continued support.