United Way's Holiday Giving Tree - Lil' Jeannetta Robinson Gifts of Love
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SOULSTIR is partnered with Elder Charles L. Walton and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County on the Lil’ Jeannetta Robinson Gifts of Love program as an expansion of United Way’s Holiday Giving Tree program. In this year, we provided gifts to children at three elementary schools within the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership. The evolved Lil’ Jeannetta Robinson Gifts of Love program consists of distributing holiday gifts to each child before Christmas.

This collaboration honors the memory of Brown’s late cousin, Jeannetta Lacole Robinson (Lil’ Jeannetta/Little Netta), who was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, and tragically murdered at age 9, along with her mother, Cheryl Robinson, age 25, on April 4, 1984.  Little Netta’s birthday is two days after Christmas, and at her sixth birthday party she showed tremendous compassion for others by giving her gifts to children attending her party after learning they did not receive Christmas gifts. “The kindness my cousin exhibited at such a young age is truly remarkable,” said Brown. “It’s an honor to share her story and I hope it serves as inspiration for all of us to share the gift of love with each other.”

Lil’ Jeannetta was the late Commissioner Jeannetta Simpson-Robinson's granddaughter, the late Ms. Claretta "Mother Freedom” Simpson's great-granddaughter, Elder Charles L. Walton's niece, and Mike Brown's cousin.

​On behalf of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County's Holiday Giving Tree program, thank you for your generous donation in memory of Jeannetta Lacole Robinson and her inspiring example of kindness and generosity.