The James C. Archbell III Foundation’s 8th annual Kidz Kruz will roll into the Edinburgh Commons Walmart in Chesapeake, Sunday, December 8th at 3:00 p.m. for a holiday shopping spree. More than 800 students from seven Chesapeake and two Virginia Beach Title 1 schools will arrive at Walmart on 16 tour buses. Each student will receive a $20 store gift card, a pizza dinner and a visit with Santa. Over 300 volunteers will help guide the students through Walmart and assist with dinner. Participating schools are: Georgetown Primary, Camelot Elementary, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, G. A. Treakle Elementary, Seatack Elementary, Birdneck Elementary, Carver Intermediate, Crestwood Intermediate, and Truitt Intermediate.
This year, for the first time, local politicians will help with special drawings on each bus for two bicycles and two scooters. As soon as the drawings are completed, the Kruz will depart from Walmart for a fun trip to the Virginia Beach oceanfront and a ride through the Holiday Lights at the Beach. Most of the children have never experienced this lighthearted, nautical look at Christmas.
The force behind the Kidz Kruz is James Archbell, founder of the JCA Foundation. Archbell is passionate about helping underprivileged local children through financial and educational assistance and spiritual encouragement. Archbell believes that children are our future and he hopes the Kidz Kruz will send a message that every child is important. Starting with three buses eight years ago, his foundation’s Kidz Kruz has grown to be the largest event of its kind in Tidewater, and possibly in Virginia. Tax-deductible donations can be made online or by calling A&W Contractors at 757-523-8668.