Jennifer Hudson returned to her hometown of Chicago, IL to host a charity toy drive to honor the memory of her late nephew Julian King, who was murdered (along with her mother and brother) back in October 2008 when he was just 7 years old.

The drive was held at Chicago’s Navy Pier Wednesday afternoon (Dec 22).

Jennifer said: “This was a good way to keep Julian’s memory alive by blessing other children through the holiday season. For us, we never had a sad Christmas, so we want to make other children’s Christmas be as enjoyable as ours were growing up.”

Jennifer’s sister Julia agreed this was the perfect way to honour her dead son. She said: “Julian always had toys. I would come home and see his bike down the street and say, ‘Why is your bike down the street?’ ‘Oh I gave it away.’ This would be right up his alley I think. I know he’s smiling, something he would have done, exactly.” (Source)

Check out video footage of Jennifer Hudson singing a special rendition of the Christmas classic “O Holy Night” below…

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