Rapper Young Jeezy delivered toys to about 200 girls and boys at Macons Booker T. Washington Community Center on Monday.
Its pretty much my Christmas gift, Young Jeezy said after the giveaway.
Young Jeezy is behind the platinum albums Lets Get It: Thug Motivatation 101 and The Inspiration, as well as gold albums The Recession and Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition.
Young Jeezy, who has ties in the Macon area, has been visiting the center for five years, said pastor Tony Lowden, who directs the centers after-school program Stone Academy. Many of the children at the giveaway attend the program.
Lowden said he is glad to see Young Jeezy give back, especially because the Stone Academy serves many needy children.
Were excited about having him in the area, Lowden said.
In addition to his stop in Macon, Young Jeezy was scheduled to give out toys in two Atlanta locations Monday.
The children in Macon chose a toy and took pictures with the rap star.
Monique Dancys son Jordin, 5, was the first one to pick a toy, his sights set on a basketball.
Its a great experience. Its wonderful for him to give back to the community, Monique Dancy, 38, said. So many people leave and dont give back. Its a blessing for him to give back to Jordin.
Monique Dancy said the experience will live in her familys memory longer than Monday.
Its something hell remember as we show him pictures and tell him about it as he gets older, she said.
Willie Davis, 48, took his daughter Mahogany, who chose a Monopoly Millionaire board game.
My friends told me Young Jeezy was coming out, and we wanted to be in on it, he said. Its exciting -- its the first time seeing him in person. Its (Mahoganys) first time, too.
Mahogany, 9, was also excited about the event.
Its great that I get to take a picture with him and show it to my family, she said.
Belinda Fielder was at the event with her three granddaughters. Alexus Norrington, 12, went home with Monopoly Millionaire; Deundra Fielder, 13, chose a Temple Run game; and Kelsey Ware, 12, got the game Bop It! Smash.
It was fun, Norrington said. He actually wanted to take time and come see us.
Belinda Fielder, 58, agreed. Were thankful for him coming down and giving gifts, she said. It makes a difference in the community.
Young Jeezy, who began giving away toys in the Unionville neighborhood a decade ago, said it makes a difference in the childrens lives.
I just like to make people happy, especially the kids, Young Jeezy said. Thats just a big part of me.
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