Kym Whitley and D. L. Hughley Partner with Special Needs Network in 4-Week Gift-Giving Campaign

Kym Whitley
Kym Whitley

*(Los Angeles) — Special Needs Network under the direction of Areva Martin, will partner with actor D.L. Hughley and the D.L. Hughley Foundation; and Young & Hungry star, Kym Whitley, as they embark upon a 4-week journey to collect 10,000 gifts for deserving children; children with autism, and children in foster care.

Coming off of perhaps the most divisive presidential campaign in modern history, the participants hope this season of giving will encourage individuals and businesses alike to help create a new tone and focus for a deeply divided nation. Giving to others in need can be a great help in empowering one’s self, while easing fears and spreading joy.

“Too many families are frightened about their livelihoods, safety, and security in this post election America. Now more than ever, we need to rally together and show each other love and support. That’s why I’m partnering with Special Needs Network for 4 weeks of Christmas giving. It’s the perfect opportunity to spread joy in the midst of a grey and an uncertain time,” explains D.L. Hughley.

DL Hughley
DL Hughley

Businesses, as well as the general public are asked to donate unwrapped toys, books, educational items or money from November 21st through December 18th. All gifts will be distributed to be distributed to children with autism, special needs and other deserving children in the Los Angeles community.

“On the surface, our Christmas Care Exchange may seem like it’s all about toys. Now in our 8th year, we know the act of giving a child a gift has so much more meaning. When you take the time to act upon a thought of giving, selecting toys and finally gifting the toys- what you are really saying for that moment and always to the child is, You are valued, worthy and cared for. We hope everyone reaches out over the next four weeks to help us reach our goal”, emphasizes Areva Martin.


Kym Whitley will join Santa on Sunday, December 18, 2016 to distribute gifts at the 8th Annual Christmas Care Exchange Brunch + Lunch With Santa, see flyer below, hosted by the Junior Blind of America, located at 5300 Angeles Vista Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90089. Additional festivities include Christmas caroling, live music, dancing, holiday arts & crafts, games, photos with Santa, educational information and family resources. El Pollo Loco will sponsor a Brunch to be served from 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon and a Lunch from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


This event is open to the public at no charge, but you must RSVP. To RSVP:

Additional sponsors for this year’s event include Toyota, KCAL9/CBS2, State Farm Insurance, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Beneficial Bank.

Kim Whitley adds…

“As someone who is fortunate to have so much, it is humbling and a privilege to be able to help out so many beautiful children who do not. If my efforts can make a child’s Christmas a little more magical, then I am truly blessed this holiday season.”

Make Donations of Toys, Books, Educational Items or Tax Deductible Donations to: [email protected] or 323 291-7100

Make Donations Via Amazon / D.L. Hughley Toy Drive Page here

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