Teacher of spirit, hope and inspiration.
The humanitarian, mother, actress and singer raises awareness about children, their future and why their treatment is vital to a caring society.
Where a child is raised, according to Hudson is important. It’s also important, she believes that they are given a chance to excel and move forward. All children deserve a chance at happiness according to Hudson. Foster children and youth, not excluded.
Hudson’s acceptance speech for favorite humanitarian award at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards gave viewers a chance to hear “the voice of an angel” and further her mission to empower children by showing them they are important—no matter their zip code—or who their family is.
The creation of the Julian P. King Gift Foundation was created by Hudson in the memory of her slain nephew Julian, who at age 7 was shot to death by William Balfour. One can surmise because he was surrounded by great teachers like his aunt, grandmother and mother, young Julian was aware of the good in people, even with negative influences nearby.
Julian’s life was not in vain. According to Hudson, her message should be heard by all. Foster children and youth and their caregivers are not excluded from this vision.
Boyfriend to Julia Hudson, Jennifer’s sister, Balfour is now serving a life-sentence in prison for each of the 3 slayings he was accused. Balfour was convicted in May 2012 of first-degree murder in the 2008 shooting deaths of Hudson's 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson; her 29-year-old brother, Jason Hudson; and her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King.
When discussing the foundations popular toy drive in a recorded message to viewers of the awards ceremony, Hudson says, “We didn’t even have any inspirations to where it would lead us. We just wanted to help.”
Like Hudson, communities nationwide can make a difference and inspire children who are unable to live with their families of origin. There is always a way to help a child.
“We planted a seed,” says Hudson.
Foster parents and relative-caregivers—can make a difference by modeling Hudson’s humanitarian spirit.
If you are interested in being a role-model, planting a positive seed of your own, visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway for more information on learning ways to share the same spirit Hudson offers at The Julian P. King Gift Foundation. Become a teacher of spirit, hope and inspiration.