Ne-Yo plays Santa Claus in Kendall

Like a regular Santa Claus, hip-hopper Ne-Yo just came through the area on a gift-giving tour. The dapper singer of Give Me Everything dropped more than 100 bikes, video games, CDs, action figures, sneakers, etc., on about 500 foster care and group home children in Kendall. The rapper, 32, was on his seventh annual four-day, four-city gift tour. “It feels so good that it’s hard to put into words, man,” he says about spending time with the children, “it’s amazing to see how these kids react to it all.” Ne-Yo created the Christmas tour while trying to figure out how he could give back what his fans had given him. “Music has given me much more than I can imagine,” he said.

“It saved my life. So we started this thing.” As for his reason for picking Miami, Ne-Yo says he did his research. “We pick the cities that need it the most,” he says. “We looked at the issues that people in Miami-Dade County face and the numbers, and we found this was a good place to start the tour.”