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Holiday cheer in Compton

OW Staff Writer | 12/15/2016, midnight

Former Clippers and UCLA star Baron Davis will help to transform Wilson Park in Compton into a winter wonderland on Dec. 17 complete with a toy giveaway, a battle-of-the-bands and drill team competition, and a list of celebrity guests all scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Davis’ Black Santa Company will partner with Compton Mayor Aja Brown to host the event which will also include holiday carols sung by local schools choirs, as well as a car show. Persons wishing to donate a new, unwrapped toy should stop by a the park, located 123 N. Rose St., anytime between 7 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, or prior to the event from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dollarhide Community Center, 301 N. Tamarind Ave.

Davis, a two-time NBA All Star, established the Black Santa Company as a new media firm that creates new characters, contemporary and engaging content, and high quality products that celebrate diversity, a positive outlook and fun.

“With all that going in this country,” Davis said, “and particularly in the African American community, I want to offer heroes and role models through storytelling. Black Santa is the first character. His mission is to celebrate diversity, the joy of giving and the magic of good.”

Sponsors of the event include Republic Services, Fiesta Taxi, Prism Realty and 7 Eleven.

For more details, call (310) 605-5688 or visit goo.gl/1mdVyF.