Here's What Jennifer Hudson and Her Sister Are Doing to Help Kids Become Leaders
Jennifer Hudson is not just touching people with her music, she is using her reach to make things work for kids so that they can grow into leaders everyone can be proud of.
She does this via a foundation she founded in conjunction with her sister Julia. For Thanksgiving, they came through for less fortunate children, and pictures that captured the kids with their gifts were shared via her Instagram page.
Jennifer Hudson during the "Cats" World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on December 16, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
One boy could be seen hoisting the box of a hoverboard, and another child was pictured holding a scrapbook box. The kids all seemed genuinely happy as they posed with their toys and the one who made it all possible.
In her caption, Jennifer wrote about how she and Julia founded the operation to equip the next generation with tools and support so they can become future leaders.
The award-winning singer admitted that her work with the kids has been "meaningful" for herself and her family, then she expressed her gratitude to people who have shown support in one way or the other over the years.
The foundation called the Julian D. King Gift Foundation is making a lot of kids happy. However, it was borne out of a tragedy that left Jennifer and her sister Julia devastated. In 2008, Julia's son, Julian King, had turned up dead after disappearing for a short while.
They understand that now is a time for humans to be there for each other, and their actions have set precedence for their fans.
Julian disappeared shortly after Jennifer's mother and brother were shot to death. Jennifer's brother-in-law William Balfour was convicted of killing all three people, and he was sentenced to a life-long jail term.
The deaths had a catatonic effect on Jennifer, and she took some time off social media to mourn her losses. After she came out of mourning, the talented singer established the Julian D. King Toy Drive and Christmas Dinner and launched the Hatch Day celebration to honor Julian.
She and Julia have kept the foundation running on well-greased engines ever since, and they have been able to help a considerable amount of kids with their various charity-designed programs.
This year's Hatch Day saw Jennifer and Julia go mobile as they joined 15 volunteers to deliver up to 2,000 backpacks to financially challenged Chicago students returning to school. The bags contained stationary, PPEs, and even Tablets.
Jennifer urged her fans on Instagram to share students' locations in need so they could deliver bags and supplies to them. She shared shots from the exercise, and it made rounds on the internet, driving people's regard for her to an all-time high.
The singer is not the only celebrity who has been making a difference with their influence. Stars like The Rock, Serena Williams, and Beyoncé, among others, have also shown their benevolence by donating food, water, and resources to less privileged people and frontline health workers.
They understand that now is a time for humans to be there for each other, and their actions have set precedence for their fans, who will most likely recreate the motion on a smaller scale.