*Chris Paul and Kevin Hart collaborated to touch the lives of 500 children for Christmas this year. It was Tuesday, December 22, just days before Christmas.
The duo personally accompanied five groups of 100 kids from L.A. organizations city wide for a shopping extravaganza called The Holiday TakeOver. Each child was given a $100 gift certificate and let lose to shop with just one rule:
“You guys have to make me one promise; you have to get a gift for somebody else,” Chris Paul said.
Paul and Hart gave a talk, high-fived the kids and starting at 9:30am Tuesday morning the shopping began. The team moved from three Target locations; as was convenient for the organizations supported; Downtown, Fox Hills Malls and Van Nuys. The shopping lasted throughout the day while the duo spent up to three hours at each location helping the children to find gifts.
“I’m finally in a position where I can impact others and give back so me and Kev – we talk so often about not only the fun things that we get an opportunity to do, but we talk about family, we talk about life and our kids, and making an impact on our community,” Paul said.
The organizations supported in the ‘Holiday Takeover’ event were LA’s Best, Watts Willowbrook B&G Club, Brotherhood Crusade and Westwood Transitional Village.
“It was humbling. Many of the kids got only gifts for others and didn’t buy anything for themselves. One kid purchased and air mattress for his mother. He wanted to get the bed because his mom didn’t have one. He also bought knives and forks,” said Karen Lee the public relations associate for Paul and Hart.
Additionally, Lee told EURweb that Paul and Hart adopted a homeless family for Christmas granting them a $1000 gift certificate.
The Holiday Take Over is Hart and Paul’s 2nd annual event of this kind. Last year they took 100 kids shopping. And Pledged this year to effect more families.
“Its about effecting as many house holds as you can and I think that giving affect is something that needs to be had more. When guys like this do it hopefully he leads and example for others,” Kevin Hart said.
About the organizations supported
LA’s Best is an 26 year old afterschool program that services 194 elementary schools and 25,000 kids in LA where the kids have the lowest test scores and their neighborhoods are vulnerable to gangs, drugs and crime.
Watts Willowbrook B&G Club is located is South Central LA and aims to help young people reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens. The Club is a beacon of light in a community often confronted with social and economic challenges.
Brotherhood Crusade is a non profit organization that services the needs of families and children in the LA community in the areas of youth development, financial literacy, mentorship, athletics and business development.
Westwood Transitional Village is a 40 unit residential housing facility that provides support services for homeless families, veterans with families and former foster children with families.