KIDZ KORNA., FLAGS OF THE HEART AND THRILLER DANCE 2300 hosted a toy drive in front of Michael Jackson‘s childhood home.
The event was organized by Mother Diva, who says she is stage mom to the King of Pop’s daughter Paris Jackson. Hot chocolate, cookies, and MJ’s favorite, Krispy Kreme donuts were served.
Guest Speakers were Delece Williams, Executive Director of Kidz Korna NFP and former NFL player Reggie L. Smith, who is the vice president of the Chicago Chapter of The National Football League Players Association and happens to share the same birthday as Michael Jackson, August 29.
Children and adults received free toys, clothes, shoes, and household items. Some teens received laptops and one teen received a bike.
Thriller Dance 2300 plans to make this an annual event. “I know that the Jacksons as children were not able to receive presents for Christmas due to their parents’ strict religious beliefs as practicing Jehovah Witnesses. Joe Jackson kept the boys busy working on Christmas, performing, to keep their minds occupied on show business. I can only imagine how sad Michael Jackson was as a child to look out of the window and see other children opening presents and all the houses on the block decorated. I believe in my heart he would want us to give to children and families in his hometown who have no resources,” said Mother Diva.