Gives Away 1,500 Bags of Toys, Food, Clothes, Gift cards, and Love

Stacy Hill-Williams, executive vice president of Brotherhood Crusade and Saint Nick, service people in their cars lined up on Crenshaw Blvd. to receive gifts cards, toys, food, and love at Brotherhood Crusade’s annual holiday giving event. (E. Mesiyah McGinnis / L.A. Sentinel)


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On Saturday, December 11, The Brotherhood Crusade held its annual “Winter Wonderland: Christmas in the Neighborhood/Navidad En El Barrio” event, where people in the community lined up in their cars on Crenshaw Blvd. Driving through a service distribution area in front of the Los Angeles Sentinel, where over 1,000 families were provided over 1,500 bags of toys, food, clothes, gift cards, and lots of love.

Brotherhood Crusade which has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for families and youth throughout Los Angeles for over 50 years, spearheads the special, lively, and upbeat giving experience for the community each year.

Volunteers work to prepare the items for the holiday giveaway. (E. Mesiyah McGinnis / L.A. Sentinel)

Volunteers made up of various companies, organizations and individuals came together in keeping with the Brotherhood Crusade’s history of building positive alliances for good causes while dancing under the hip hop holiday sounds of DJ Toney Deville.

The Brotherhood Crusade partnered with various institutions of goodwill that understand the tremendous need for helping the community and the people we serve.

“Winter Wonderland/Navidad En El Barrio is our way of giving back to the community and serving those in need during the holiday season”, said Stacy Hill-Williams, executive vice president of Brotherhood Crusade.  “We love our community.  We do this because our people are important, and we are here to support our Black community every day.   We want them to know that during these times, we haven’t forgotten about them.  The Lord has blessed me; the Lord has blessed our organization and we’re happy to be in the position to help people.  And we really want to thank all our sponsors, partners, The Brotherhood staff, and amazing volunteers.”

Children were happy to receive special gifts at the drive-thru event. (E. Mesiyah McGinnis / L.A. Sentinel)

Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson of District 8 was excited to participate in the village’s selfless acts of giving and love.  “This is a wonderful event.  There are so many people and families in need and events like this go a long way in helping make the holidays a joy for everyone.  I really can’t thank [the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade] enough for always helping the people of our community,” he said.

Saint Nick greeted all the drive-thru attendees Brotherhoods Winter Wonderland. (E. Mesiyah McGinnis)


Additional photos by E. Mesiyah McGinnis / L.A. Sentinel