By Philtrina Farquharson | Contributing Writer 

Martin Lawrence, a beloved comedian and actor, spent some time last week spreading holiday cheer for young foster kids throughout California. Taking place at K1 Speed in Burbank, the actor brought some of his closest friends together to give back and celebrate underprivileged kids, ages range 9 through 16. 

The kids were bussed to the indoor kart racing facility anticipating a fun day, and left with memories that would last a lifetime. The entire facility was closed off just for them and specially decorated in holiday decor, making the day even more magical. 

“I think it’s important that we pay it forward through a monetary contribution, or with our presence, and being involved in opportunities like this while letting kids who feel like nobody has their back or their best interest at heart letting them know they do have support. Knowing this, It helps kids in school and helps them be productive members of society, and they have a basis and a foundation, and that’s what I’m here to do, to provide that atmosphere,” said Mekhi Phifer. 

Before the kids went on the track, they were split into teams paired with some of Martin’s closest friends and icons including Jaleel White, Mekhi Phifer, and Sean Baker. The team leaders gave the children positive affirmations and encouraged them to have fun. 

After racing through the tracks and filling their bellies with various food truck options, the kids soon discovered that they had received everything they had added to their wishlist. Martin went on to present the kids with all of their presents wrapped up, filling an entire room. As the children opened the gifts, their faces lit up as though they had just won a million dollars. They were so grateful, some even screamed aloud, running to their friends to display their gratitude. 

“These days it’s a blessing to be alive, and Marty mar loves the kids, and I do as well said,” actor Shaun Baker; what we try to do is inspire. I had an incredible mom when I first moved to LA, I didn’t have any money, and I would always have encouragement from her with notes, cards, and affirmations, but speak life into me and over and always felt like it was a wonderful thing when I could do that for someone else to have a support system around and celebrate these wonderful kids. 

Al Barro Foundation, the non-profit organization, came out to the event to support the children in addition to what they have received,  with a donation of school supplies, shoes, and art kits. “We are so lucky to be able to bless others and provide many essential items like clothing, supplies, food, and hygienic products, especially for families and those in need. We love to go out to the community and make a difference in the lives of real people,” said President Najwa Jabari. 

This philanthropic work is nothing new to ole Marty-Mar; every year, he has worked to give back to his community, specifically to unhoused students and families. “It’s my calling since God has blessed me so much. It’s just something that I have to do, and I am glad I have the opportunity to do this and will be doing more,” said Martin Lawerence.

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