Every day, one in three Detroit kids is at risk of going to bed hungry but come this weekend some magic will enter their lives.
On Saturday, November 22 legendary basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s foundation will unite with Feed the Children and corporate partners to lend a hand to 2,000 Detroit-area families with food, essentials, coats and turkeys with all of the trimmings for their holiday meal. Distribution will be at the Second Ebenezer Church at 14601 Dequindre.
The Magic Johnson Foundation has already identified families in need with the help of the Second Ebenezer Church. Those families will receive a 25-lb box of food and a 10-lb. box of essentials to help them get to their next paycheck.
Johnson will spend the morning with 400 kids doing arts and crafts, face painting and distributing toys donated by Mattel. Food distribution is at noon.
“Understanding the difficult times in Detroit, I couldn’t enjoy my holidays without making sure families and children were enjoying theirs,” he said. “Michigan is my home and during this time of year we should be giving to others and counting our blessings. With the support of great partners, we are able to deliver over $700,000 worth of food, toys and personal care items to 5,000 individuals in need.”
The Magic Johnson Foundation had several partners. Soles4Souls provided coats and toys. Meijer gave the turkeys. Coca-Cola, Sam’s Club, Nestle, Grocery Outlet, Bektrom Foods Inc. and StarKist whipped up all the trimmings.
“When we received the call from Magic, we were more than excited to work with the Foundation. To partner with a NBA Legend and Michigan native and deliver food to the Detroit area is more than anyone can imagine. Hunger’s roots go deep, and it hurts kids every day, in every state and city across the United States,” said Kevin Hagan, Feed the Children president and CEO. In Detroit alone, more than 38 percent of families are living below the poverty line and are struggling to put food on the table.”
With the nickname of “Magic” following Johnson since he was a teenager, he is certainly living up to it. For those in need he may very well seem like a miracle brought to them this holiday season.