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Cool Kid raises domestic violence awareness

January 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Oston Jemba Madengue doesn't shy away from getting involved. He volunteers at the Project Angel Food kitchen, but he wanted to do more, so he started his own charitable effort called Jemba Against Domestic Violence.

"The goal of the organization is really to...let people know about domestic violence and to get it stopped," Oston said.

His organization collects and distributes toys to families who have turned to shelters, such as Peace and Joy and the Jenesse Center. Oston said he can relate to little kids who face a Christmas without a lot of presents under the tree.

"I experienced it. My mom sometimes couldn't give me gifts for Christmas. I know that every kid on Christmas has to have a gift, at least one gift," he said.

And he knows when a mom gets to pick out a toy and play Santa, it not only brings happiness to the child, but is meaningful to the parent as well.

"When the moms go back and they give the toy to their kid, the kid is going to have a smile on their face and they'll be really happy that this Christmas they got a toy, and it's not like the other Christmases before. That's what I'm really happy about," said Oston.

Oston Jemba Madengue has really been a Cool Kid since elementary school. But it doesn't stop here. He says he wants to continue his work long after his high school years.

"Hopefully, once I'm in college, I'll have enough time to continue my community service, continue helping out with Jenesse Center, Peace and Joy [and] domestic violence victims as well," said Oston.