6th annual Year of Joy event hosts ice skating party for over 100 underserved children in Houston

HOUSTON – About 100 underserved children enjoyed a free ice skating party at the 6th annual HEB Year of Joy event on Tuesday afternoon.

Oliver Stevenson, known as the man of the community, said it was a time of year that really brought him joy.

“My whole family works in the community,” Stevenson said.

Each year, he and his godson help bring children from the Third Ward community to Joy Sewing’s annual skating party.

“It’s just a good thing that all of these people are teaming up,” Stevenson said.

The 6th Annual HEB Year of Joy Ice Skating Party is a free event for over 100 children from Third Ward and Sunnyside communities.

During the event, held in Discovery Green, professional black figure skaters taught children to skate and each child received a special holiday gift bag from Alliant Group.

The children were also greeted by Santa Claus and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

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KPRC 2 presenter and reporter Sabirah Rayford hosted the event.

“I’m so excited to go skating because I only went last year and I feel more confident about skating,” said one child.

Stevenson is also the president of the Jingle Bell Jam, a concert held at Texas Southern University for more than 500 children.

He knows that paying these children forward can go a long way.

“It puts them in the mind,” Stevenson said.

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