When Villa Rica resident Rod Man was a child growing up in Villa Rica, sometimes Christmas didn’t consist of many presents. So, the comedian decided that this year he and his wife and family would make Christmas special for some of the needy kids from his hometown.
First he enlisted the help of some of his friends and family – Nakesia Foster, Damita Pritchett, Takenya Foster, Alicia Thompson, and Dale Pritchett. The group contacted three local churches – Flat Rock Missionary Baptist, Macedonia Baptist, and Assembly of the Saints Deliverance, and asked if they had some families that were needy, and asked them to submit names and information about why these children deserved gifts, for the good things they have been doing well in school, and active in their church and community. The final list included 12 children, ages two to 14.
It was something that took shape quickly. Rod Man thought of the idea about three weeks before the event, which took place at Gold Dust Park. Rod Man was able to fit the event in between show dates.
The event was a big success, and plans are already in the works for a bigger event next year. Seeing the huge smiles of the children as they opened presents brought happiness to everyone in attendance.
Rod Man was the winner of NBCs Last Comic Standing in 2014. He lives in Los Angeles now, but still feels close to Villa Rica because he grew up here, and graduated from Villa Rica High School.