FLINT, MI – Josh Jackson was handing out different types of assists to Flint this afternoon.
The Detroit Pistons guard spent the day distributing free school supplies, backpacks, toothbrushes and more to families in need on the North Side.
The back-to-school event was held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bountiful Love Ministry at 3432 Pasadena Avenue.
Today’s event was the first of its kind for Jackson’s foundation, the Josh Jackson Foundation, but he plans to hold more. Jackson Pistons goalie Hamidou Diallo was also present.
“We all know that over the past few years Flint could use a little help,” said Jackson, who has family in the city. “That’s all I try to do, just put smiles on their faces and encourage people to pay next.”
Melissa Brown, a Flint resident and church member, brought her children Myla, 5, and Liam, 7, for free popcorn, school supplies and the bouncy houses. She was grateful that Bountiful Love hosts community events like this.
“I appreciate that everyone comes together in the community,” said Brown. “It was necessary. I like that there is a lot of activity and support. We’re a small but powerful church, so having that kind of participation was amazing. “
Kevelin Jones, pastor of Bountiful Love and Acting Superintendent of Flint Community Schools, said the event was a success and thanked the Pistons for their partnership.
“So much has happened in Flint because of the water, the school system and the fight against the pandemic,” Jones said. “So our heart’s desire as a church was to always give back to the community. “
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