Nikki Bagby, founder of A Humbled Heart, addresses the inaugural Celebrating the Joy of Giving event at King of Prussia Mall on Sunday. — TRIBUNE PHOTO / AFEA TUCKER

A local organization hosted its inaugural Celebrating the Joy of Giving event Sunday outside the Macy’s store at the King of Prussia Mall.

In partnership with the Macy’s store, A Humbled Heart invited 20 families who were experiencing financial hardship during the holiday season to enjoy a special holiday meal and showered them with gifts, toys, clothing and holiday food baskets.

With the support of the NFL Alumni Association, Toys for Tots Marines, the King of Prussia Rotary Club, Jaden’s Voice, Men of Courage, Outfront Media, the David and Margie Rosenberg Foundation and a host of family and friends, A Humbled Heart filled many hearts and lives.

“Macy’s believes in giving back and we are so happy here at Macy’s King of Prussia to be able to support our local community, these wonderful organizations and all that they do for the community,” said Rosemary Parker, sales manager for cosmetics and fragrances at the store.

“It’s all about the children,” said Nikki Bagby, founder of A Humbled Heart.

Bagby said she founded the organization because she can relate to struggling families.

“I struggled before. I know how it is to have hard times and I remember all the times that people came to support me,” she said. “[One day] I said, you know what? This is something that I want to dedicate my life to and every year for the last 17 years we’ve been taking care of more than a thousand people.”

Though A Humbled Heart was established two years ago, Bagby’s service and volunteerism spans 17 years.

Bagby said her partnership with Macy’s came about because Parker attended an event where Bagby received an award at the African American History Museum in Philadelphia.

“They heard my story and Rosemary Parker, who is here today, approached me and said she would love to support and asked if we can work together and I said yes,” she said.

“I initially wanted to have an event where we’d usually go to the families homes but with our new partnership with Macy’s I thought it would be awesome if instead we’d bring the families into a beautiful mall and give them things and have our supporters along with the families together for a celebration.”

Bagby celebrated her sponsors, supporters and other local organizations during the gathering. She also honored community leaders including Donovan Sterling West, president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware; Patricia Thomas LaRoche, president of the King of Prussia Rotary Club; and Roz Weiss of Ruby’s Kids.

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