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December 17 2011
David Banner presents Christmas To Needy Families In Jackson
Jackson, Ms On Saturday December 17th, 2011 Christmas came early for over a dozen Jackson families in need and young men from a local youth shelter. Mississippi’s native son David Banner and his charity organization Heal The Hood hosted a reception for the recipients of their 6th Annual holiday gift giveaway. Throughout the years post Hurricane Katrina, David Banner has made a conscious effort to returning home over the holiday and offer help to families who are in need, this year was no different.

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RECENT PRESS:
WLBT-Channel 3: http://www.wlbt.com/story/16347734/ms-native-rapper-david-banner-speads-christmas-joy
WJTV-Channel 12: http://video.wjtv.com/v/49881827/jackson-toy-giveaways.htm?q=david+banner

HISTORY OF HEAL THE HOOD AT CHRISTMAS:
2011 marks the 6th year that David Banner and his charity organization Heal the Hood have gifted under resourced families in Jackson, MS at Christmas time. The initiative evolved out of Banner’s personal ritual of giving to some of the most resilient and less fortunate families during the holiday season, especially those impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

PROCESS OF IDENTIFYING FAMILIES:
The partnering organizations for Heal The Hood at Christmas are: Big Brother Big Sister of Mississippi; The Boys and Girls Club; Sisters With a Throttle and WJMI - 99Jamz Radio Station. The partners nominate approximately 15 families to Heal The Hood and these families benefit from the “Heal the Hood at Christmas” project. Each partner nominates candidates to Heal The Hood, Inc. who strongly meet the criteria and they feel need help providing gifts for their families during the holiday season. The families reside in impoverished conditions from single-family homes. In addition, Heal The Hood selects young men who reside at The Center For Family Life Extension, Inc., a youth shelter in Jackson. Heal The Hood provides gifts tailored to their needs from new shoes, clothes, athletic interests.

THE GIFTS:
Gifts are primarily purchased from retailers in Jackson based on the families’ wish lists and needs. Every member of the family in the household is gifted with brand new items based on their needs, wants and/or interests. Heal the Hood includes age appropriate, developmental, and educational gifts for children in the families. In addition, each family receives a gift card to help buy groceries or other items for their holiday celebrations. David Banner, assisted by a focused team of volunteers, hosted a reception on Saturday, December 17, 2011 where he personally presented the gifts to each family.

2011 CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP
A special Thank You to the following brands that offered their products this year: Nike, Brand Jordan, Sony Music, RCA Records, Def Jam Records, RockSMITH.

ABOUT HEAL THE HOOD, INC.
The mission of Heal the Hood, Inc. is to provide relief and recovery assistance to under resourced populations of the Gulf Region in response to natural disasters, and support youth development and recreation opportunities in Mississippi on an ongoing basis. For more information about the organization, please visit www.heal-the-hood.org.



ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS GIFTING PARTNERS

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi’s vision is to reduce the number of at-risk children; thereby, increasing the number of productive, caring adults in Mississippi Communities. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, founded in 1904, is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi was established in October 2000 to serve the children of Mississippi.
http://bbbsms.org

Boys and Girls Club of America: The mission of Boys and Girls Club of America is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Boys And Girls Club of America offers a safe place for children to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences and most of all, hope and opportunity.
http://www.bgca.org


The Center For Family Life Extension, INC: The CFLE, Inc is a boys' home for teens, designed to help young men maximize their potential and purpose in life. We are dedicated to the well-being of youth, and are providing a service that best functions with the personality of each and every child we serve. We assist individuals in achieving optimal health and independence.
http://e-marketguru.net/cl-sites/clfeinc/contactus.html


Sisters With A Throttle (S.W.A.T.) Motorcycle Club: S.W.A.T. is founded on the basis of promoting equality and social justice for women and children. We are dedicated to raising awareness of women’s issues and being ambassadors in our community for child welfare, domestic violence awareness and prevention, and advocacy.
http://www.swatmc.com


WJMI, 99 Jams: 99 Jams, WJMI is the Arbitron Rated #1 station in Jackson, Ms. Inner City Broadcasting, which owns WJMI, is the second largest radio broadcasting company targeting African-Americans.
http://www.wjmi.com/

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