CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Two young children who lost their father to gun violence three weeks ago on a Chicago street received a big holiday surprise Thursday – a shopping spree at Walmart.
State Representative Robert Rita met the boys, 6-year-old Da’Miyah Gardner and 7-year-old Daniel Gardner Jr., at the 83rd Street Walmart in Chicago’s West Chatham neighborhood to surprise them with a $1,000 shopping spree.
“It’s imperative that we lift the spirits of these two kids as they are missing their father for Christmas," Rep. Rita said in a statement.
The children’s father, David Gardner, 28, was shot to death in the Woodlawn neighborhood three weeks ago. The crime remains unsolved.
"I just really appreciate this," said the children’s mother, Kiaira Carter. "It’s a really big blessing around the holidays, around this time for my kids losing their father. And I want to say thank you. I really appreciate it."
The girl, 6-year-old Da’Miyah Gardner, said she wanted LOL toys. The boy, 7-year-old Daniel Gardner Jr., wanted Spiderman toys.
After Rep. Rita announced the shopping spree to the young children, a Walmart representative led the children up and down the various aisles where they picked out what they wanted. The children then received their very own check-out counter, where they witnessed store employees place all of their items in bags.
"You gotta wonder what’s going through their minds, and what’s going through…I couldn’t put myself in their shoes, but just want to try to do something small, which is actually a big thing for them," Rep. Rita said.
Rep. Rita said members of the violence intervention group, Ceasefire, came up with the idea for the shopping trip.
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December 24, 2021 at 07:37PM