Eboni Williams and Winnie Lyons were told they'd be going holiday shopping with their children and the Golden State Warriors cheerleaders as a reward for their progress at Oakland Elizabeth House. The home serves as a residence for women and children who've experienced homelessness, violence, or addiction.
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Erica Banks arrived with her family shorty after. She recently graduated from the Chase Center job training program, and turned her skills into a new role to support her family.
ABC7's Jobina Fortson emceed the shopping event and revealed the first major surprise. Each family was given $1,500 to spend inside Levi's.
That’s a wrap! Thank you @warriors and @LEVIS for inviting me to be a part of this event! These kids and their families got some early holiday gifts. See a story that’ll make your heart smile tonight at 11. #positivity #sf @abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/HNsDtHDk08— Jobina Fortson (@JobinaFortson) December 10, 2018
Excitement filled the store as the children and their mothers tried on clothes. As if the day couldn't get any better, suddenly, 3-time NBA champion Shaun Livingston walked through the doors of the store.
"My son started crying and I was just like...uh," Lyons said.
8-year-old E'Den Banks couldn't find his words, but he did let Livingston pick out his clothes. Livingston wanted to help single parents who'd been impacted by domestic violence.
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"Being able to get them out and have an experience like this, it can change their whole year," Livingston said. "You know, let alone their day and whatever they're going through in their specific environment."
"We're still on our path of getting together, but seeing him in the position like this is...my wildest dreams," Williams said.
The families also received signed jerseys and game tickets. The event was a partnership between the Warriors and Levi's for NBA Cares Season of Giving.
.@LEVIS shut their headquarters down so 3 deserving families could go shopping for the holidays! Each family can spend $1,500 each! There’s another surprise coming from the @warriors too! @abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/3EJ5PuETmK— Jobina Fortson (@JobinaFortson) December 9, 2018