Magic Johnson Feeds 12,000 In Michigan & Flint

Ex-NBA, Earvin Magic Johnson brought smiles to the faces of over 10,000 residents of Michigan and Flint during his ‘Holiday Hope’ charity event.

Michigan State University basketball legend and Lansing native, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, made a couple of stops in Michigan this weekend, according to WLNS.

A few of those included Flint and Detroit to deliver food and gifts for families in need this holiday season.

And today, he was in his old stomping grounds, as he helped shower Lansing families with gifts at Everett High School.

Johnson said, “Every step of the way somebody from Lansing helped me and so it’s my job, and I have an obligation to help somebody else and that’s what it’s all about.”

With it being the season for giving, basketball superstar, Magic Johnson is starting the season off by giving back to a community he once called home.

For the second year in a row, The Magic Johnson Foundation teamed up with United Healthcare for an event called “Holiday Hope.”

“This is really great to see the community come together and support what we’re trying to do, which is help families have a happy Thanksgiving and those kids to have a great Christmas,” says Johnson.

More than 800 families came out and got bags full of things like food, winter coats, toys, and even Thanksgiving turkeys.

The feeling when cars are pulling up and doing this is just awesome cause there’s big smiles and the feeling that you get inside, you feel so blessed that you’re able to do this and help other people out. It’s really an exciting thing to be a part of,” says Dennis Mouras, CEO of Michigan United Healthcare Community Plan.

Lakeshia Alexander volunteered to help with this event.

She says, it’s nice to see how a little bit of magic, can make a big difference in the community.

It’s beautiful because people are really happy and out here helping. I mean it’s cold and people are having fun so it’s great,” says Alexander.

Last year, “Holiday Hope” reached nearly 3,000 Detroit and Lansing families.

Last year, “Holiday Hope” reached nearly 3,000 Detroit and Lansing families.

But this year, with the help of a $30,000 grant from United Healthcare, families in Flint also benefitted from it.

Event organizers hope to reach more than 24,000 Michigan residents by 2017.

Families from each community were pre-selected to receive clothing, food and toys for Thanksgiving and Christmas, Altanta Black Star reports.

For his Saturday stops in Detroit and Flint, Johnson revealed his foundation and Feed the Children gave more than 10,000 residents items that included toys and food.

Johnson previously hosted the Holiday Hope event in Detroit and Lansing, but he wanted to include Flint this year and next year.

Magic Johnson noted many sponsors were involved this year, including Walmart, Disney and FedEx.“It makes me feel good because this city has been down and it’s been beat up,” Johnson said. “We know about the water crisis here in Flint. We all come together to give them some sunshine, to give them some hope.”

Additionally, the 6-foot-9 superstar also hosted a holiday party for 200 children in the city. Flint Northwestern High School’s gymnasium was filled with bikes for the kids, who also took part in crafting activities.

As the children sat in the gym, Johnson expressed the importance of education.

We want you to understand [to] dream big,” he said. “Get your education and you’ll be able to do anything in life you want to do. I was once like you. A little kid from Lansing, Michigan, right down the street. I grew up poor, but I didn’t have poor dreams.

Finally, Johnson made the trip to Lansing on Sunday with a visit to Everett High School. During his stop, he gifted families with food and toys and 4,800 winter coats from Macy’s.

A wonderful gesture indeed exhibited by the ace Black NBA player. This is a character worth emulating. Magic Johnson has stood for his fellow Black people when they needed support the most. It is no news that the people of Flint have been battling with some very basic amenities coupled with the devastating water problem.  Residents of Detroit as well wallow in a deplorable social condition. These cities are predominantly occupied by Black people. May be that is the reason government do not care much about them. We are the ones to make our lives better and we must continue to support each other.

 

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