SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Suffolk man is spending the holidays working to make it brighter for others.
Eric Brown says he closed his store, Chuck’s Fashion, earlier this year and was left with tons of clothing.
“Everything is new. It’s brand new clothing so I’m giving it away,” he said.
Brown and his friends and family have been packaging up the clothes for other families in his community.
They’ll be given away to those who have filled out certificates at an event on December 25.
“There’s a lot of unfortunate families out here. At a time like this, it’s hard even though you have working fathers, working mothers. They still fall short sometimes,” Brown said.
Giving away the clothing from his business also has a special place in his heart.
Brown said he named it after his son, Eric Brown, Jr., who died in a car accident in January of 2017.
“It was a big hurt. I still don’t believe it. It seems like yesterday,” Brown said about the crash.
In his son’s honor, Brown has wrapped dozens of presents and has more than 100 to go.
“A lot of people look down on people out here. I feel no one should look down on anyone. I feel no one has more than anyone. It doesn’t hurt to have a good heart,” he said about helping those in his community.
Brown believes is son is looking down on him happy about his actions.
The event will be held at 506 E. Washington Street in Suffolk on December 15.
It starts at 5 p.m.
Brown says he’s scheduled a Santa Clause and carolers to perform, and anyone is welcome to attend.