A traditional Holiday toy drive with a skate party twist was the scene of Devyne Stephens annual Toy Drive for his non-profit Devyne Intervention. Together with The Peopleâs Station, Atlantaâs V103, Yung Joc and Jermaine Dupri, the Southside of Atlanta came out to Skate Towne skating rink in College Park to show support and give back to the youth of Atlanta. “Itâs an annual event for me, Iâm from the Southside, I grew up in Red Oak Housing Projects not too far from here, so this is like my stomping grounds and because the community has done so much for me itâs only right that I come back and play my part in giving back,” says Devyne Stephens. It was clear to see that many special guests shared the “home again” sentiment donning skates and taking a few laps around the rink. I caught them during their pit stops to see their inspiration in âgiving backâ to the community for the holidays. While Yung Joc wasn’t rolling on 8 wheels, the “It’s Going Down” rapper was humbled just to be asked to participate in this initiative. “Iâm a philanthropist, I love life, and I felt that it was only fairâ¦to give back to less fortunate families. Iâm grateful that Devyneâ¦V103 reached out to meâ¦it warms me to know that people consider me the type of person that would want to be apart of this.” The event’s emcee DJ Greg Street, of V103 explains how Holiday Toy Drives are his specialty. “Iâve been doing toy drives in Atlanta for 10 years Me and Master P started firstâ¦For the past 10 years on Christmas eve and Christmas Day. Iâve been going around to the different housing projects, Orphan homes, Boys and Girls Clubs and we make sure their Christmasâ are straight. Then after I finish with that, I go to the radio station.” Atlanta’s newly elected Mayor, Kasim Reed, dropped in to show his support of the initiative and Celebrity Barber, Bobby of Bobbyâs World $100 Haircut gave free haircuts to young skaters, to do his part in giving back. The proceeds of the benefit go to support Childrenâs Healthcare of Atlanta, at Hughes Spalding.
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