Jennifer Hudson, sister hand out school supplies to Chicago children in need

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CHICAGO -- With a line outside and backpacks dozens deep, the back to school giveaway draws thousands every year.

Jennifer Hudson and her sister Julia began “Hatch Day” six years ago to honor Julian King, Julia’s son, who was killed in 2008 along with their brother and mom.

“Just trying to turn a negative into a positive,” Hudson said. “My mother always told me, ‘Jenny, one thing about you, you always find the positive no matter how negative things may be.’”

The celebration of Julian’s life now flows through thousands of kids every year on Chicago’s South Side… not only with birthday cake, but with the school supplies that are so needed by so many.

“It helps the people who really need it and that’s a good thing, because right now people are struggling and they’re having a hard time so this is a good thing,” said Marquetta Ingram of Riverdale.

The foundation, named for Julian, looks to make things better.

“Our goal is to acknowledge the positive and encourage that, especially in the children,” Hudson said.

Triumph from tragedy, from a Hollywood star to the faces of those kids who aspire to, someday, be there, too.

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