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Detroiters give toys for kids

Alexis Seals and Marcella Sims

By Puakea Olaisha Anderson
Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — Xstatic Communications kicked off their annual Modern Day Toy Drive to benefit families in Detroit at The Bottom Line Coffee house on Noel night Dec. 1, from 2-5 p.m.

The event was free and open to the public. The only prerequisite was to donate a toy or to provide a monetary donation.

“I am excited and this is a great cause,” says Pat Harrism owner of The Bottom Line.

The Bottom Line Coffee patrons enjoyed coffee and performances by local Detroit artists.

Saxappeal, 27, serenaded the crowd with his saxophone. “It’s a great cause and I love being a part of what is going on good in the city. When I got the call to perform, I said absolutely, let’s make it happen. If I don’t give back to where I came from, I cannot go any further. No matter where I am in my career I have to give back to the place that I come from,” said Saxappeal.

All items and proceeds collected will directly benefit the children in need who were likely to go without for Christmas.

Xstatic Communications has adopted families for two years and is going strong and has high hopes to bless more families this year.

“Last year we adopted one family, and this year we want to adopt several,” says Dejuan Vann, marketing director.

Shenise Foote, founder of Xstatic Communications believes she has an obligation to improve the lives of those in her community.

“I was brought up on the principals of giving back, we want to focus on the toy drive and giving back to people, this is all about the children. As adults we take for granted a toy, but to a child, it could mean the world,” said Foote.

For more information on how you can adopt a family this year, contact Shenise Foote at


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