The Holidays are just around the corner and that means milk and cookies for the local Santa Clauses and distended tummies for the rest of us. But, besides food, the holidays would not be the same without the excitement of having mystery presents to unwrap. And for many foster kids, this time of year shouldn’t be any different for them.
This month, our staff was able to (accompany) Ne-Yo on his 7th annual Giving Tour for his Compound Foundation. After noticing that a number of his staff members grew up in foster care or group homes, Ne-Yo set up The Compound Foundation so that he could remind underprivileged children that “regardless of where you’re from, regardless of who raised you, you know as long as there’s love and as long as there’s determination there, you can be anything you want to be”. The Giving Tour is one of three projects that Ne-Yo’s foundation supports. The other programs empower foster children by preparing them for the world of entrepreneurship and music.
The 4-day tour took place in the major of cities Atlanta, LA, Las Vegas, and New York. With the help of the Boys & Girls Club, the tour was able to gift about 2,000 lucky children with games, electronics, toys, and bikes. The children were stoked to receive VIP treatment from the R&B singer and other celebrity guests when they took pictures with them and signed autographs. Danny Mendoza, the founder of TWR, hates to admit it, but he was much star struck himself.
All this awesomeness wouldn’t have been made possible without the help of our volunteers at Crown Toyota, Simplicity Bank and all our other supporters.