December 18, 2012 07:59 AM by Donna W. Martin
The Christmas season puts former American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez in the giving mood. She said rather than receiving gifts for the holidays that she looks forward to giving them. And this year she’s giving gifts in a major way; J. Lo is going to play Santa for charity.
According to the Associated Press, J. Lo said, “I love going and shopping for Christmas presents for everybody and making gifts for people and seeing their faces light up and surprising them; that’s where I get my joy.”
Her joy of giving is why Lopez decided to have a “J. Lo’s Christmas Gift” drive for charity. She is asking her fans to reach out and donate to her favorite charities, which include the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Boys & Girls Club, and the American Red Cross. And she said she would award one lucky fan with two tickets, airfare, and hotel costs to attend the last show of her world tour, “Dance Again,” in Puerto Rico on Saturday. “It’s just that kind of doing something nice for somebody, and they do something nice back and kind of paying it forward,” Lopez said.
“I thought, ‘What if every person I tweeted and asked for a follow donated a dollar?’ I have 13 1/2 million followers (on Twitter),” she explained. “We can collect a lot of money for these charities that I work with that are literally close to my heart.”
Lopez promoted the charity through Monday using the hashtag JLOSCHRISTMASGIFT and said she got the idea to ask fans to give back through social media because she had received a lot of response for other types of contests.
Lopez plans to go home for the holidays. She said it was a blessing to have been able to “stage her first world tour” and to spend a lot of that time with her family. “It’s just been an amazing year,” she said.
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