James Brown Toy Giveaway brightens Christmas for children

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 1:58 PM
Last updated Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 1:44 AM
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The children of the late Godfather of Soul gave a brighter Christmas to Augusta’s neediest children Thursday.

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Jaylan Adams, 4, holds his new truck during the annual James Brown Toy Giveaway at James Brown Arena.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Jaylan Adams, 4, holds his new truck during the annual James Brown Toy Giveaway at James Brown Arena.


 


 

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More than 800 youngsters received toys and bicycles at the annual James Brown Toy Giveaway at James Brown Arena.

The tradition, started in the early 1990s by James Brown, is being continued by the James Brown Family Children Foundation.

“His spirit is with us when we do this,” said Elif Crawford, Brown’s former assistant, who helped coordinate the event. “I can see him smiling.”

Deanna Brown-Thomas, Brown’s daughter, and several other family members were joined by a host of volunteers to distribute gifts to parents and children.

Laura Alday, the mother of nine children, said Christmas would have been bleak without assistance from the Brown family. Her husband has been with and without work all year.

After the giveaway, Alday peered down on six of her children with a bright face and small grin.

They tossed around bags filled with board games, Barbie dolls, a small electronic keyboard and more. Each child chose one toy to play with immediately, and the others were to be wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree.

“I think it’s really exciting to have them all under the tree,” 9-year-old Macin Alday said. “And having all my family there to celebrate.”

Monica Graham called the
toy and bike giveaway a blessing. Without the family’s assistance, Christmas would have been a sad day for her two children, Janelle and Devon, whose father died two years ago.

“To be able to get up Christmas morning and to have something to open, it brings joy to my heart and theirs,” Graham said. “They are a beautiful family all the way around for carrying on the legacy of James Brown.”

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Jake
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Jake 12/20/12 - 02:10 pm
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Good job Deanna

Your foundation is doing a great job in the memory of your father.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 12/20/12 - 02:50 pm
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Wonderful

To be able to get up Christmas morning and to have something to open, it brings joy to my heart and theirs,” Monica Graham said.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 12/20/12 - 03:19 pm
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Yeah, this is a good thing.

Yeah, this is a good thing. No need for any "haters" to reply to this story. It's the children that we're really talking about here, and this is making them happy.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/22/12 - 09:05 am
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Still doing a great job in the memory of your father.

Remember your gifts as welcomed by 100's more than the few whiners that will always find something to stab gripe about.

May GOD bless James Brown and your continued efforts.

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