Hawkins, who learned about the event through other relatives, and signed up her and her sister’s children for the giveaway, was impressed with the cultural awareness of the presents.
“Everything we asked for, we received. Tablets, basketballs, educational books. And most of the toys were African-American, since most of the kids are African-American. That really touched me.”
The cousins also loved how the organization didn’t turn anyone away, encouraging them to tell others to come with their families.
Hundreds of people came together at I Grow Chicago’s Peace House on Sunday afternoon during the 7th Annual Holiday Drive. The house was filled to the brim and was a site of controlled chaos.