News 12 at 6 o'clock, December 20, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---One year after his death, the annual James Brown toy giveaway lives on. Thousands gathered early in the morning to get their hands on the perfect toy. It was a special time little Shakeem and his family.
"It means a lot to me and my son. This day is his birthday...five days away from Christmas what a surprise." That surprise...Shakeem walked away with a brand new bike. It was just one of over two thousand toys.
"This is more toys than we've ever had. We've never had these many toys," says Deanna Brown.
"This is awesome. This is awesome. I am just full with emotions right now because this time last year was the last time that I seen my father alive doing something that he loved so much," says Venisha Brown.
"He was that kid peeking through the window looking at toys he couldn't afford and he never forgot it so we wanted to be here," said the Rev. Al Sharpton.
The Rev. Al Sharpton was on hand to give out the first toy. He said he and the family were determined to continue the family tradition. "Christmas will not be the same for any of us cause it will remind us of what we lost, but it also is a challenge for us to do the things that he taught us because we can look at him in heaven and say we did what you told us to do."