Fort Pierce, Fla. – The Albert Wilson Foundation (AWF), founded by the Miami Dolphins wide receiver to enrich the lives of children in foster care and raise awareness about social justice and racial inequality issues impacting those in the foster care system, hosted its 2nd Annual Holiday Giveback – this time a drivethrough, socially distant event, as toys and meals were donated to approximately 100 families and kids.
“Whether it’s a drive-through event, like this, or partnering with a local school or organization, we’re always looking for opportunities to give back to my hometown,” said Wilson. “Fort Pierce is special to me and we plan to build on this and do even more in 2021.”
Jamaal May, executive director of the foundation, added, “Due to the pandemic that has impacted everyone globally, this year more than ever, it has been important to both the foundation and to Albert to get out in the community and lend a helping hand however we can.”
Toys donated at the Dec. 19 event for children ages 3-16, at WFLM The Flame in Fort Pierce, were provided by Jazwares and included a variety of playsets, musical instruments, preschool toys, action ﬁgures, dolls, and more. Me ls included Impossible Burger patties, courtesy of Know Your Rights Camp; and sides included rice, beans, spaghetti sauce, noodles and seasoning. Sides were purchased with donations from Miracle Recovery Center and Gilmour Window & Door.
Wilson, who came up through the foster care system, works to enrich the lives and change the destiny of children in foster care and break the cycle of abuse, neglect and abandonment.
With an average of 40-60% of foster youth identifying as Black or Hispanic, the foundation also serves as a voice dedicated to raising awareness for social justice and racial inequalities.
The foundation not only works to support youth during their transition in and out of foster care, but provides a platform for transitioning youth to learn. Visit albertwilsonfoundation.org.