Award Winning actress, singer Jennifer Hudson and her sister Julia King hosted a school supply giveaway to help jump start the beginning of the school year for Chicago children at a South Side Salvation Army community center. At a time when schools in Chicago are being closed, the sisters are giving help, offering hope and encouraging education for thousands of hometown children.
“They can bring their list, pick and choose what they may need and go from there,” Hudson said.
The Third Annual Hatch Day Celebration is named in honor of Hudson’s nephew, Julian King. The 7-year-old Julian King was killed in 2008 along with his mother and brother. The event is held on his birthday and is a way to remember him and honor his memory. Jennifer felt that the boy’s love for education was a good way to celebrate who he was on this earth.
“He was so into education, which is part of why we chose to give back in this way,” Hudson said.
There were long lines and a little bit of a wait but it was all worth it. Children excitedly stuffed their brand new backpacks with notebooks, pens and pencils. Parents expressed thanks as Hudson was on hand to help give away enough school supplies for 5,000 kids. One parent was especially thankful for Hudson and her sister Julia’s thoughtfulness. Recently unemployed, the school supplies help her to continue to stretch her budget while she seeks employment.
In a city like Chicago, experiencing stratospheric murder rates and unemployment, Hudson’s goodwill in her hometown holds a lot of weight. Her presence and the tools she is equipping those children with are priceless. She has not become some huge star that has lost that connection to her community. Jennifer Hudson has not forgotten about the ones who lifted her up. The memory of her lost loved ones will live on in charity and making a difference. Jennifer Hudson is truly Englewood’s Dream Girl.