Families in District 1 will be celebrating this holiday season with an even bigger smile on their faces as Councilman George Dotson hand delivered 3 cars-full of Christmas gifts to residents throughout the district.
To kick off his 2nd Annual Toy Giveaway, Councilman Dotson, who was dressed in a red Santa Claus hat, distributed gifts to four families out of the Inglewood ICOPS Center on Manchester Blvd. Families entered the center and immediately lit up when they saw the tables stacked high with presents, and were greeted with hugs and well wishes for the holidays.
On the purpose of the event, Councilman Dotson shared, “We had four families, whose name were given to me by the different schools in my district, Warren Lane and Kelso. The principals expressed to me that these families were really in need, my purpose of doing this, is to help those in need.”
He continued, “Today, we have been blessed to be able to give away toys as well as gift certificates for food from Ralphs and Vons. We also have gift certificates from Target. I’ve been blessed with donations from some wonderful sponsors such as: The Rotary Club, Jan Vogel and the One Stop, as well as wonderful neighbors who are too numerous to mention, who have dropped off toys and given money so that this can happen. It’s not only me, I may be the hub, but the spokes and the wheels are the people in the 1st District.”
Cynthia Rhodes, a mother of two beautiful young girls, couldn’t hold back the tears as Councilman Dotson handed her a stack of gifts for her children and a gift certificate for Target and Ralphs. She said, “I’m very happy to be selected for such a wonderful event. Today for me, it’s a symbol of what I’ve been hoping for all this time. We stay in a constant state of praise and gratitude and this is the result of it. So, it’s pretty awesome to see gratitude come to life right before our very eyes.”
The event culminated with a caravan of volunteers driving throughout the district delivering gifts personally to other families whose names were provided by Inglewood Housing Authority and the Inglewood Police Department.
As we crossed intersections, turned down familiar avenues, climbed out of the car, and entered the homes, families were warm and inviting, and the children were excited and eager to open their gifts. The looks on the faces of all the volunteers as well as Councilman Dotson, was one of pride and joy.
I stopped Councilman Dotson for a quick second at the last drop off and he added, “Just knowing that you can make someone’s week or year, it really makes a difference. We can all make a difference, we just have to do it.”