*Jemba, a 14-year-old teenager from LA, is on a mission. He is also an actor/model who’s not rich and of course lives with his Mom. But  for the last 3 years he has hosted a Xmas Toy/Gift Drive for families who are victims of domestic violence.

This year he decided to form JADV (Jemba against Domestic Violence) and hopes one day it will become a national organization that collects Xmas gifts for domestic violence victims throughout the country.

For the past 3 years, Oston Jemba Madenque, aka Jemba, has organized a gift drive to benefit Jenesse, the oldest domestic violence shelter in South Central Los Angeles. He contacts the shelter to determine the families’ wish lists. Then he makes flyers to pass out and contacts schools, churches and other organizations to ask for donations of toys for the shelter.

This past year, Jemba began using social media to solicit donations. Every year he is able to help more people. In 2009 he helped more than 150 families. This year he has expanded the toy and gift drive with more collections sites. Jemba will serve several shelters this Christmas. Each year Jemba places collection boxes at various businesses, schools and organizations. This year he hopes to collect enough gifts to serve 500 families.

Jemba’s Annual Xmas Toy and Gift drive began November 27 and will run until December 23, 2010. So far, Jemba has the following drop off locations supporting the drive: Nederlander Concerts/Pantages Theater, The Larchmont Larder, The Ebell Women’s Club of Los Angeles, Oakwood Secondary School, ABetterChance Southwest Region, Wagon Wheels Pre-School and Millennium Barber Shop.

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Props to Jemaba!



colette amin
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