Pistons, Gores family distribute Christmas gifts to 214 Flint children – MLive.com

Children receive more than 10,000 gifts at Toys for Tots event in Flint
FLINT, MI — Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and his family provided 214 children in Flint with Christmas gifts Thursday afternoon with a $50,000 donation through Voices For Children.
Voices for Children, an advocacy center that works with victims of child abuse, distributed the gifts Thursday, Dec. 16 at its downtown Flint location.
Children got free pizza, met with Santa and made TikToks with Pistons mascot Hooper before receiving their gifts. Children ages 4-7 received bicycles and helmets, ages 8-10 received drones and ages 11-13 received tablets.
The Pistons hosted a similar event, funded by Gores’ donations, in Detroit with Toys for Tots on Tuesday.
Gores and his wife, Holly, both grew up in the Flint area and have supported toy distributions during the holiday season since 2006.
“All children deserve a chance to smile and feel the joy of the holidays at this special time of year,” Gores said in a statement. “We launched this effort 15 years ago to spread happiness to kids and families in Michigan during the holiday season. Inspiring kids, giving them hope and the excitement it brings is so important.”
Voices for Children CEO Claudnyse Holloman said many children that they work with do not always get a happy holiday season due to their situations at home.
The Pistons were partnered with Voices for Children through the United Way of Genesee County.
“These are the children that could really use this benefit,” Jamie-Lee Venable, United Way of Genesee County Vice President, said. “… Children here, at Voices (for Children), are probably some of the most hurt children. They have been through worst thing that you can possibly imagine.”
Kinea Wright, a parent advocate who was taking a child to get his Christmas gifts, spoke highly of the Voices For Children organization.
“It just means a lot to the community for us to be able to get out of the house safely and get gifts,” Wright said. “A lot of people are not able to get gifts. Having events like this is really good for the community.”
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