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Media Tue Nov 24 2009

Steve Harvey's Holiday Tour

steveharvey.jpgComedian Steve Harvey is good at making people laugh, but he's also good at something else: giving back.

On Monday, the radio host, actor and best-selling author came to Chicago to spread some holiday cheer. "Chicago will always hold a special place in my heart," said Harvey. For the Thanksgiving holiday, Harvey and his wife, Marjorie, handed out turkeys and turkey sausage to families on Chicago's West Side and in south suburban Markham.

Things were turned up a notch on Tuesday at Kmart, 7050 S. Pulaski, where Harvey did a live broadcast of his syndicated radio program, "The Steve Harvey Morning Show." Harvey, a spokesperson for and collaborator with the retail giant, is part of its "Layaway Angels" program. "I've always been a fan of Kmart," he said. "They are huge supporters of both the radio show and 'Steve Harvey's Mentoring Weekend'. We're in business together because in these [economic] times, I understand the need for layaway. I grew up with it and benefited from it myself." Kmart's commitment to community service is also important to Harvey. "I only put my name on things I'd actually participate in myself, so with Kmart, it really was a natural marriage for us."

Keeping with the spirit of giving, an extra special surprise will be in store for some Kmart customers: To help lighten their holiday load, Harvey, in conjunction with Kmart's "Christmas Countdown," paid off random customers' layaway balances. From now until Christmas, people who come to Kmart to make their layaway payment just may end up being one of the lucky ones with a note that will read, "Paid in full--happy holidays from Steve Harvey."

Now that's giving back.

The Steve Harvey Morning Show airs weekdays from 5am to 9am, on WVAZ-FM (102.7) in Chicago.

 
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Johnny Jones / November 24, 2009 11:38 PM

I always knew you were going to be some type of writer or reporter, because you were in everybody's business. Lol God Bless!

margaret / November 24, 2009 11:56 PM

I just read Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man--excellent book! I couldn't put it down. He's a very talented guy!

Tracy Small / November 25, 2009 8:37 AM

Very nice review! It's great to hear about positive events occurring in our city. Thank you Mr. Harvey and family.

Elizabeth / November 25, 2009 12:51 PM

Very nice article! I guarantee you he does not shop at K-Mart, no matter how much he says he loves it. :)

Carol / November 25, 2009 2:01 PM

Great article. Love your style of writing, LaShawn.

Crystal / November 25, 2009 2:12 PM

What a pleasant surprise. I am impressed by Mr. Harvey and his generous gesture. Great interview Ms. Williams!

LaShawn Williams / November 25, 2009 3:21 PM

Elizabeth, surely there are some things he must need from there, no? Deodorant? Razors? Shaving cream? No? :-)

Elizabeth / November 25, 2009 6:08 PM

Well, maybe razors--his face is pretty well groomed. :)

Ant / November 25, 2009 6:27 PM

Kudos Shawny Shawn!Once again a very well written article.You are definitely on your way.Congrats!!!

Shannnon / November 27, 2009 9:46 AM

Good Job Lashawn. I was one of the lucky familys to receive the layway blessing from Steve Harvey. It was a honor talking with you keep up the good work.....May God Bless You

LaShawn Williams / November 27, 2009 11:49 AM

Congratulations, Shannon! What an awesome treat! Happy holidays!

LIGHT SKINNED BROTHER / November 27, 2009 1:29 PM

Mrs. Williams, I think it's great what Steve Harvey is doing by giving back to the community. What's even better about your writing is that it's not commercial. You wrote about the subject at hand, the things that we didn't know about like Mr. Harvey giving back to the community and working with K-Mart. We already knew he was a star. You showed us the real side of a celebrity. THANKS!!!

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