NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Over 5,000 kids received book bags for school during a community give away in North Philadelphia. What may be surprising is the woman behind the event.
Saudia Shuler although had a lot to say on the wonderful event she planed had no comment about federal charges she's facing involving alleged social security fraud.
"I don't want to talk about that today is a happy day. This is what it's about. Over 5,000 kids got book bags. And this is what it's about," said Shuler.
She wanted to focus on her back to school give-a-way that she holds every year for families in her North Philly neighborhood.
"This is what I do. This is what makes me happy to give back," she said.
They came out to support her despite what she's going through right now.
Last week, 44-year-old Shuler was charged with six counts of wire fraud. One count of theft of government funds, and two counts of social security fraud. She's accused of applying for social security benefits.
Even with these charges, Shuler had her block party event with food, a live DJ, dancers and community service volunteers offering resources to families in need.
So many people turned out for Shuler’s event, Skyfox flew over to see the large line wrapped around the block.
"It's awesome. This year we gave out 5,000 book bags. I've never given over 2,000 book bags before so this is really huge for me," she said. “This year we were able to give out college stuff, we gave out laptops, we gave out printers, refrigerators."
Community members say Shuler gives back all year round not just for back-to-school and on holidays.
"Saudia looks out for everybody and everybody and I appreciate that. She came to my house and gave me everything for me and my kids," said North Philadelphia resident Vickie Weston.
Shuler also credits business owners from all over for helping her help her community.
"Shoprite helped me, Boom Philly helped me, Daily Dove daycare helped me it was so many more people that helped me." said Shuler.