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WWII vet Porter B. Cross was robbed and beaten in broad daylight, days before his 88th birthday. Let's give him the birthday he deserves.

On Monday, July 30th, 2012, Porter B. Cross, an 87-year old World War II veteran, was brutally attacked and robbed by three people just days before his 88th birthday. Mr. Cross was walking from a corner store after purchasing lottery tickets on his weekly morning walk in his West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.

The attackers hit him, kicked him, "knocked out his hearing aid and broke his dentures, then went through his pockets and fled with his wallet, according to his family and police." According to his daughter, Ms. Steward-Jones, "He's just a sweet guy. Chicago has bruised his heart with this." Chicago Tribune article: NBC5 Chicago video coverage:

In an effort to lift his spirits, this fundraiser has been organized as a surprise birthday gift for Mr. Cross and to allow people to send a collective gesture of care, which can be expressed in donations of any size. If you are unable to donate, please leave a "hug" on this page to send your well wishes. Mr. Cross will receive these messages.

All donations will go directly to Mr. Cross, who will receive the check from GiveForward. The Birthday Party Project [], a nonprofit initiative which celebrates the lives of people in marginalized communities, will match the first $250 raised.

In addition to this fundraiser's proceeds, The Birthday Party Project plans to donate a surprise dinner cruise outing on Lake Michigan for Mr. Cross and his daughter, as Mr. Cross served as a Navy seaman in World War II. Details are forthcoming.

Every dollar you donate is a powerful reminder that there are people in Chicago and beyond who believe that what happened to Mr. Cross is unthinkable and unacceptable. Thank you for supporting our efforts.
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