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Russell Simmons once gave a speech in Manhattan to a room full of urban entrepreneur aspirants eager to build their brands and start cashing those thick checks. But his memorable line in that address was as much an admonishment as much as it was encouragement: “you cannot receive until you first learn to give,” Uncle Russ said.

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Milton Jones, in the rear in red, and members of the Atlanta Dream front office.

Kandi Burruss and the Atlanta Dream’s Delisha Milton Jones of the WNBA are the walking embodiment of a philosophy that has doubtlessly replenished the Russell empire on continuum. In fact, Burruss ritually prays on it — and her life full of blessings is a reflection of this mantra.

Burruss and Milton Jones collaborated for a weekend of holiday giving as the two entities hooked up with CHOA Holiday Party to provide food, presents, activities and cheer for patients and their families at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston on Thursday and then Friday at the Sweet Georgia Juke Joint.

The event was part of the Dream’s Season of Giving initiative, in which the Dream is participating in numerous community service events throughout the metro Atlanta area during the holiday season. The Dream and Kandi Cares are also partnering on a Blankets of Dreams: Winter Wear Drive presented by RMC Movers, providing gloves, scarves, hats, coats, socks and blankets to Atlanta Mission’s My Sister’s House.

A live event to promote the gathering of donation items was held on Friday at Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint. The items will be presented to My Sister’s House on Monday, Dec. 22 at 1:30 p.m.

Before you attend this event on Monday, take a look at the photographic highlights from Sweat Georgia Juke Joint event:

 

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