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Children embrace season for giving

Nikeem Betts, age 4, and 10-year-old Nikerria Reed of Union Church Road are two youngsters who are truly in the Christmas spirit.

The brother and sister duo recently decided to give away all their old toys and clothes to those who are less fortunate.

“I want people to have a good Christmas,” the little 4-year-old said.

“Some of the clothes I can’t fit, and some parents can’t pay for their kids to get their Christmas stuff, so I decided to give them to the people that need them.”

The children already have donated items to the Mentor Role Model Program so they can be distributed to those who need them the most.

Betts also donated some of his toy trucks to Elite Barber Shop so children can have something to play with while they wait for their haircuts.

Even though they have donated several items already, their mother, Lakesha Betts, said they still have more stuff to give away to those who need it. 

“I just want to donate to somebody to make them happy for Christmas or not even just for Christmas, just to put a smile on a child’s face and to help out another parent,” Lakesha said. “I have had people give to me, so now I want to do the same in return.” 

The mother of two said the kids have a lot of stuff they’re not using, and she wants to give to someone who will appreciate it.

Items donated to the Mentor Role Model Program included junior clothing sizes 5-11 and boy’s clothing sizes 5 and 6 along with girl’s shoes and sneakers. Shoes varied from Timberland boots and Nike Airforce Ones to church shoes and Levi shoes. 

Some of the clothing included designer jeans from brands such as LEI and Levis.  Other items given away included a selection of Betts’ old toys including a Dora backpack, a Thomas the Train toy, an Elmo toy and more.

Betts was sad to see his Elmo toy go but said he would just give it away to a child who needs it more.

“Bye Elmo,” he said to the toy.

Reed had a pair of brand new never worn shoes that she said were hard to part with but decided another little girl needed them more. 

The children’s mother asks that individuals and organizations seeking to help those in need can contact her at 434-830-2057 if they are interested in getting some of the items the children are donating.