Local celebrities, corporations treat low-income students to holiday shopping spree

(Last Updated On: January 6, 2018)

The Social Warriors Foundation along with Houston-area influencers and educators teamed up to make this a holiday that a group of deserving youth will remember for a lifetime.

On December 21, 2017 select scholars from Woodson PK-8 Leadership Academy were gifted with a holiday shopping spree. The students had 15 minutes to use a $100 gift card to shop throughout the Walmart Supercenter at 5405 S Rice Ave in Houston. Each child was paired with a local influencer who accompanied them throughout the store. Celebrity participants included: Grammy nominated recording artist Paul Wall, Bun B, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Kirko Bangz, Propain, jeweler to the stars Johnny Dang, C Stone the Breadwinner, comedian Ali Siddiq from Comedy Central, celebrity trainer Milton Harris, as well as 97.9 The Box radio personalities J-Mac and Dj J-Que.

Co-organizer Brittni Sparks who serves as the Wraparound Resource Specialist at Woodson helped identify 20 high-performing youth from grades 1– 8 to enjoy the excursion.
“The holiday shopping spree provided a once in a lifetime experience for kids from the Sunnyside community as they got to shop with local celebrities they’ve grown to know and admire,” said Sparks.

The heartwarming event was organized by The Social Warriors Foundation executive director, DJ GT Mayne from 97.9. He established the charitable foundation in response to Hurricane Harvey and the overwhelming needs of flood victims. In an effort to continue servicing the community, he partnered with Woodson Academy to ensure that these disadvantaged youth had a memorable holiday season since many of their families are below the poverty line. Ninety-four percent of the school’s student body meets the lower income level to qualify for free or reduced lunch. After shopping, the children were treated to meals at Chick-fil-A.

The Social Warriors Foundation plans to build on the impact of this event and expand the scope next year in tandem with their ongoing efforts to give back. For more information on Woodson PK-8 Academy, visit http://www.houstonisd.org/Domain/37, and follow The Social Warriors Foundation on social media @thesocialwarriors.

Local celebrities, corporations treat low-income students to holiday shopping spree