Experienced by Adrian McQueen
Photos by Adrenaline Lifestyles
The Christmas season is back upon us and we returned with the Ward 5 Community Toy Drive and Car Show. Rhode Island Place shopping center and Ward 5 Council member Kenyan McDuffie, along with his team, immediately welcomed us back open arms. Rhode Island Place shopping center, located in NE Washington DC, is a widely popular shopping center that allows us the opportunity to have an impact on the community in a safe environment.
All were welcomed and no one was turned around as there were enough gifts for everyone. The Elite Bandits and friends pulled up and showcased their luxury vehicles alongside the Black Jeepers of the DMV with their custom Jeeps to make for an exciting car show.
Paul Winestock, owner of “Fun It Up” and “His & Hers” helped to pull together donations as well as friends and family to support this community effort. WOW Wheelz , a DC based Kid Driving Experience, had a track setup with children’s ride-on cars so that the kids could have fun racing each other. The amazing ladies from Divaz Inc. coordinated the toy distribution and kept the line organized so that all families would have time and space to pick out the gifts that they wanted. Families showed up in droves to receive toys, take pictures with the vehicles and just have a good time.
The Toy Drive would not be possible without the support of our partners and sponsors. Thank you to Rhode Island Place Shopping Center, S.O.N.G., Black Jeepers of the DMV, E.A.T. , Wow Wheelz, Elite Bandits, DSLBD, Black Cyber and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and his team.
I always say, “As blessed as we are, it is our duty to give back to those that are less fortunate.” I will continue to live by the motto and move forward with uplifting the communities around me. Stay tuned as we continue reaching out to families and communities in need of assistance. I have taken great pleasure curating this movement and watching it grow each and every year. Enjoy the photo gallery.