Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson has a huge heart, and she once surprised her assistant with an incredibly thoughtful Christmas present. Here's the touching story.
The Christmas holidays are the time of year when we remember and show appreciation to our loved ones and those who make our lives easier.
The story of Jennifer Hudson's gift to her assistant, Walter Williams, is particularly memorable. In 2013, the former "American Idol" contestant posted the sweet moment on her Instagram page.
Jennifer Hudson at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.| Source: Getty Images
The video clip showed the moment that Williams realized that Hudson had gifted him with a house. As Williams read a piece of paper, he screamed and dropped the paper on the ground, startling the singer.
After gathering himself, Williams made his way to the singer who was lying on a couch and gave her a huge emotional hug. Further clips showed the assistant still reeling in utter disbelief.
The gesture was well-received by Hudson's fans, who applauded her for the amazing Christmas gift. Some fans even joked that they would also like to be her assistant.
Hudson and Williams have known each other since their childhood at Yale Elementary School in Chicago before she gained fame and fortune, and the two have been close friends since.
Hudson and her right-hand man have been pictured together in the past, and it is clear that they share a bond stronger than the conventional employer and employee relationship.
A snap from 2014 showed the duo walking together along a busy Beverly Hills street. Hudson leaned on her assistant with her arms wrapped around him.
Not only is Hudson kind to her employees, but she also extends her generosity to children in need. This and every August for the last 10 years, Hudson and her sister, Julia Hudson, donate school supplies to children in Chicago.
The tradition was started to honor her late nephew, Julian King, who was shot and killed by his father in 2008. A foundation named after him hosts the back to school celebration every year.
This year, Hudson and her sister donated 2000 backpacks full of school supplies to Chicago kids. Of course, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the sisters dropped the gifts by car to avoid large crowds.
Even with the pandemic, the "Dreamgirls" actress managed to give her son a cool party with laser tag, basketball games, and a two-tier D-11 themed cake.