It’s our favorite time of the year, when celebrities and do-gooders alike go the extra mile to make sure that those who need it most receive our love and support. Here’s a look at how some of our favorite celebrities spent the holidays giving back!
Young Jeezy’s Street Dreamz Foundation Hosted a Holiday Party at Sling Shot in Atlanta for area foster youth. On December 17th he donated $25,000 to UNCF at the Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball.
Former Houston Texans wide receiver, Andre Johnson, continued his tradition of giving for a 9th year in a row by hosting a shopping spree at Toys “R” Us for youth in need. The total came up to over $16,000 so needless to say we’re sure these kids got everything on their list.
Roc Nation’s Justine Sky made a surprise visit to Brooklyn youth at the Wynn Center and donated over 100 new toys to youth in the after school program.
Empire’s Bryshere “Yazz” Gray joined forces with Mo’ne Davis and actor Elijah Boothe for the 2nd Annual Caravan of Kindness. The group visited several senior homes, bringing gifts to the seniors, they also surprised a middle school and hosted a holiday dinner for homeless teens at Youth Services Inc.
Future and his FreeWishes Foundation hosted his 4th Annual Winter WishLand event in his Kirkwood neighborhood. Over 1,500 people attended, youth received a free winter coat, food, and toys. Thanks to Reebok teens also received a free pair of shoes and everyone received a free FreeBandz hoodie, it was certainly a big give back. Plus Future and the foundation also donated $25,000 to UNCF.
Singer Bryson Tiller surprised local families by purchasing all of their groceries for the holidays. The Grammy-nominated singer bought groceries for several shoppers at a Kroger store in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. He didn’t stop there he then went to another local market called Pic Pac, where his giving continued.
Comedian Mike Epps hosted a toy drive at all four of his sold out comedy shows to benefit Dr. Holly Carter’s Freedom of Spirit toy giveaway for homeless and low income families.
NBA Star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors’ hosted 15 Make-a-Wish families from across the nation at Warriors headquarters. Curry supplied each kid with a duffel bag full of shoes, basketballs and gear. Then he personally signed all of it. The kids also took part in the Warriors team huddle during a closed-door practice.
GRAMMY Nominated Producer Mike WiLL Made-It and GRAMMY Nominated Hip-Hop duo Rae Sremmurd hosted the Inaugural Wish Fest at Andretti’s in Marietta. Over 750 homeless, foster and underserved youth attended the event receiving gifts along with unlimited food, rides and games.
Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook provided new tennis shoes to homeless youth at the City Rescue Mission in OKC.
May everyone who donated their time or money to a cause this holiday be blessed for your efforts. We salute you for giving back Holiday 2016!
Photo Credit: Paras Griffin, Bow Tie Photos, Robin Lori, The Shootr and NBA Cares.