SOULSTIR announces second year of the Lil' Jeannetta Robinson Gifts of Love program


SOULSTIR announces second year of the Lil' Jeannetta Robinson Gifts of Love program in partnership with Reverend Charles L. Walton and United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County

GRANGER, IN, December 14, 2022 - The 2022 Lil’ Jeannetta Robinson Gifts of Love program will take place Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 8:00AM (CST) at Carver Academy of Mathematics and Science, located at 1900 N. 1st St, Milwaukee, WI 53212. Carver Academy is formerly known as Palmer Elementary, and is the elementary school Jeannetta Lacole Robinson (also known as Lil’ Jeannetta or Little Netta) attended.

The program honors the memory of Lil’ Jeannetta, who was born and raised in Milwaukee, and tragically murdered at age 9, along with her mother, Cheryl Robinson, age 25, on April 4, 1984.

Lil’ Jeannetta’s birthday is December 27th (two days after Christmas), and at her sixth birthday party she showed compassion for others by giving her gifts to children attending her party after learning they did not receive Christmas gifts.

The 2022 program will include a special reading of Little Netta’s Gift, a story about Little Netta’s spirit of giving, written by her cousin, Mike Brown. Each of the 240 children in grades K4-5th at Carver Academy will receive a free copy of the book along with Christmas gifts.

Lil’ Jeannetta was the niece of Reverend Charles L. Walton, granddaughter of the late Commissioner Jeannetta Simpson-Robinson, and the great-grandaughter of the late Claretta “Mother Freedom” Simpson; historical leaders and activists in the Milwaukee community.

“My niece, Lil’ Jeannetta, was a wonderful child who was all about peace and love, and showed her love through giving,” said Walton. “I’m elated to see the legacy and spirit of my mother and grandmother’s service to others in the community live on through this program in honor of her.”

In 2021, thanks to generous benefactors including Bader Philanthropies, SOULSTIR, and several others, more than 800 children at three Milwaukee elementary schools received Christmas gifts and a free copy of Little Netta’s Gift. Bader Philanthropies and SOULSTIR are proud sponsors again this year, and we are grateful for them and many others in the community for their continued support.

For any further information contact:

Reverend Charles L. Walton
(Lil’ Jeannetta’s uncle)
Phone: 414-204-3937

Mike Brown
(Lil’ Jeannetta’s cousin)
Phone: 414-732-5176