Claressa Shields meets and greets Flint families at AT Fitness Christmas giveaway
MT. MORRIS TWP, MI – Claressa Shields met and signed autographs for dozens of kids in the Flint area during her Christmas giveaway event Thursday afternoon.
Flint’s world boxing champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist hosted a free event at AT Fitness, 2189 Coldwater Road, Mt. Morris Township on Thursday, December 23.
Over $ 4,000 worth of toys – including scooters, dolls, bicycles, sports equipment, Nerf guns, train sets – were distributed to area children.
Event organizers also handed out turkeys and winter clothes to residents as the children sat on Santa’s lap and listened to Christmas carols.
Co-owners Aaron Higginbottom and Anthony Richardson were grateful that Shields came and gives back to the community at a gym she trains in.
“It truly is a dream come true to be in the community,” Higginbottom said. “Our everything is community empowerment – so that’s a beautiful thing.
“We are touching lives and reaching people who need them,” Higginbottom said. “It’s a beautiful thing.”
Flint resident Natassia Thompson said her daughter will now get a bike for Christmas – something she might not have had without an event like this.
“It means a lot – it’s so nice for the black community to come together like this,” said Thompson, who attended the event with her children TyRaan Thompson and Tamariah Kimbrough. “… I’m glad we have a celebrity who actually thinks about where she’s from and remembers where she’s from.”
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