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Tyler Perry surprises kiddie day campers at Disney World

Atlanta director Tyler Perry surprised Creative Steps campers with a surprise visit last week in Disney World. Photo by: Quantrell D. Colbert.

Atlanta director Tyler Perry surprised Creative Steps campers with a visit last week in Disney World. Photo by: Quantrell D. Colbert.

When the 65 Creative Steps day campers from Philadelphia arrived in Disney World last week, the biggest celeb awaiting them wasn’t Mickey Mouse.

The trip’s benefactor, Atlanta director Tyler Perry himself flew to Florida to greet the small fry who made national headlines last month when they were denied entrance to the private Valley Swim Club after officials feared the minority kids might “change the complexion” of the pool.

After seeing the news reports on TV, a furious Perry contacted the day camp and donated the trip to the kids. He surprised the kids in Florida last week when he turned up at lunch with food and a personal message. But as it turns out, Perry ended up receiving the greater gift.

On his website blog, Perry writes of last week’s experience: “I gotta tell you, I thought I was giving them a gift, and boy was I wrong.  These beautifully faced children of all shades brought tears to my eyes. They had so much hope, and they were so excited and happy, it was as if nothing bad had ever happened to them in their lives.”

Perry talked to the kids about overcoming negativity, racism and the importance of being a positive force in the community.

Adds Perry: “I prayed with them and I challenged them to do well in school. Then I asked a question, I asked, ‘If one black person robs a bank, does that mean all black people will rob a bank?’  They said no.  Then I asked them, ‘If one white person is mean and disrespectful to them, will all white people be mean and disrespectful to them?’ They said no, and I was so happy to hear that!  I went on to tell them that there was good and bad in all of us, so we are all the same – black, white or whatever. I asked them not to judge everyone by what a few people do to them. I think they got it.  I think they understood my point.”

Photo by: Quantrell D. Colbert

Photo by: Quantrell D. Colbert

100 comments Add your comment

Donna P.

August 3rd, 2009
1:19 pm

That’s awesome and good for him. It is nice to see someone famous and from Atlanta doing such good things.

Felicia

August 3rd, 2009
1:21 pm

What a sweet article. Thanks Tyler for all you do.

pmuckle

August 3rd, 2009
1:22 pm

What a blessing i hope the kids see that there are famous people who still cares

lanerlaw

August 3rd, 2009
1:22 pm

What a class act.

Sheryl

August 3rd, 2009
1:24 pm

Thank you Tyler Perry for showing those who have who to treat those who have not.

Kim

August 3rd, 2009
1:26 pm

God bless you Mr. Perry

QueenBea

August 3rd, 2009
1:27 pm

Thank God for good people

mojo3

August 3rd, 2009
1:29 pm

Isn’t God good? He works through all of us!!!

Monica

August 3rd, 2009
1:29 pm

Thanks Mr. Tyler Perry for being the amazing man that you are!!! Your show of kindness brought tears to my eyes…I know the kids had a BALL :-)

Yeah

August 3rd, 2009
1:29 pm

Tyler Perry sets a bar here. I’m glad he took time to a make a point that not everybody treats people badly. If more kids understood this we’d see less hatred and bad attitudes. I honestly believe a lot of problems with youth these days is that they have been taught to blame other people for their problems. Better to tell them that the other person has a problem but not to let that hold them down.

Mary

August 3rd, 2009
1:31 pm

Just Awesome !!! What a great memory for these children to have. You are the best Tyler ! God Bless !

Cara

August 3rd, 2009
1:33 pm

I take back every bad thing I said about House of Payne. He is really a nice guy and this was a wonderful treat for those kids. Great job Tyler.

t

August 3rd, 2009
1:36 pm

That was such a great story to hear. Thanks Mr. Perry for being such a great human being!

meron

August 3rd, 2009
1:38 pm

wow i dont no what 2 see god bless u my bother.

IheartRHOA

August 3rd, 2009
1:42 pm

This story brought tears to my eyes. It’s so nice to read GOOD news for a change.

Clayton Resident

August 3rd, 2009
1:44 pm

God bless you Tyler Perry, you definitely turned a negative into a positive here. Bless those children & their families as well.

Happy

August 3rd, 2009
1:45 pm

This was an awesome thing you did for those kids, they will never
forget their Disney experience, your a great guy Tyler.

JDE

August 3rd, 2009
1:46 pm

What a wonderful role model this man is. The world needs more Tyler Perrys.

Scorpia

August 3rd, 2009
1:48 pm

Great Lesson Tyler!!

Sam Hawkins

August 3rd, 2009
1:54 pm

60 year old black man sitting here at work with tears running down my face

Sunny

August 3rd, 2009
1:55 pm

What a great gift – this is a lesson that will stay with those children FOREVER. God bless you Mr. Perry for all that you do!

Sherry

August 3rd, 2009
1:56 pm

His act of selflessness is to be commended. Thank you Mr. Perry for giving back and showing what a true Christian is all about!

Hotlanta

August 3rd, 2009
1:57 pm

I bet those kids are saying what pool?

midtowngirl

August 3rd, 2009
1:57 pm

What a powerful message!!!! You are awesome and a God send Tyler Perry!!

Not Disappointed

August 3rd, 2009
1:58 pm

Don’t care for most of your work, but I appreciate you being a wonderful person to these children and for the great deeds you do.

God Bless you Tyler!

Thankful

August 3rd, 2009
2:01 pm

I’m thankful we still have people that care enough to teach the kids right from wrong. Class act Mr. Perry.

Anita

August 3rd, 2009
2:01 pm

Tyler,

Thanks for doing this for the kids. It is nice to see something positive about people for a change.

Tammy

August 3rd, 2009
2:03 pm

Cudos to the AJC for such a wonderful, warm article…..and a huge THANKS to Mr. Perry for his unending personable and professional acts of kindness!! I agree there is GOOD and Bad in all of us…BUT if we strive to be like Christ…this world would be so much better!! This is the kind of change that I believe in!!!

Alva

August 3rd, 2009
2:04 pm

Thanks you T. Perry. I hope more will follow suit in doing service to all the way you do!!!

Reggie Reg

August 3rd, 2009
2:08 pm

That’s what I’m talking about!!!!!! This is an individual who truly “gets” it. God will continue to bestow his infinite blessings upon you Tyler. Way to go my man…way to go!!!!!

CW

August 3rd, 2009
2:10 pm

His movies and shows are not my taste, but his actions are above reproach! Thank you for your generous gift to these children.

C.Vines

August 3rd, 2009
2:10 pm

I thank God for you Tyler P. You are a heaven sent angel here on earth!!!!

Voice or Reason#1

August 3rd, 2009
2:11 pm

This was the best thing TP has done. And see, no Madea needed. I wish he’d stop with that maligning mess character. For THIS act, Tyler, GREAT JOB. And Thank you.

Mimi

August 3rd, 2009
2:13 pm

I literally cried reading this article. I now see why Mr. Perry has been so blessed. I hope you know what life lessons you’ve taught these children. God Bless You!!!!

Delight

August 3rd, 2009
2:13 pm

Kudos indeed. Where were the Philadelphia “celebrities”? Wrong is wrong and it is nice to see that some still believe that AND still believe that we each can contribute to the greater good

SexyCool is a way of life.

August 3rd, 2009
2:15 pm

Most awesome.

Interesting

August 3rd, 2009
2:16 pm

@voice why would you even bring up Madea this is a positive story no negativity need.

sharon

August 3rd, 2009
2:20 pm

Cara and CW this is why I am a supporter and a fan. I don’t agree with some of his work, but I will always support him because he is so benevolent. Hotlanta that was too funny.

Sabah - Esoma

August 3rd, 2009
2:29 pm

That’s what I am talking about. I rather see a sermon that to hear one anyday! Kudos to you.

James

August 3rd, 2009
2:31 pm

Great to see an artcle on a celeb who cares and reaches out instead of one showing off cars and houses or being broke..Such a wonderful thing to do.

Gail

August 3rd, 2009
2:32 pm

LOVE YOU TYLER – MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU SO YOU CAN KEEP BLESSING OTHERS

Frankie

August 3rd, 2009
2:36 pm

Ever since I saw your story on Black America 2, I truly appreciate all that you have done for not only the black community but the white, hispanic and asian communities. The media bought this story about the children being rejected from the pool, but i did not see any coverage concerning the amazing jesture presented by Tyler Perry at all.

Thank you Tyler Perry. Thank You. You are a great Human Being and Great American.

PW

August 3rd, 2009
2:38 pm

I am glad that TP has had the wisdom and courage to see God’s greater plan for his life. Had it not been for Madea he wouldn’t be in a position to change the lives of these children. All of you talking about his “maligning” characters have no clue. Keep your MALIGNING comments to yourself.

Msg 2 the Ballers

August 3rd, 2009
2:42 pm

For all of you entertainers and athletes that spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on jewelry and buying out the bar (like that’s something to brag about), take note on something positive you can do to help others.

Frankie

August 3rd, 2009
2:43 pm

To all commentors,

You really should see the Black in America 2. The piece on Tyler Perry was incredible (to me). How he brought Cecely Tyson back to the big screen was out standing. All of his movies may not be to everyones taste but to be the only BLACK owner of a 30 acre studio lot…how awesome is that. To employee blacks withn his production company…Who else in Black AMerica has stepped up in this way..

Everybody Ain’t Able

May God continue to bless you, keep you humble and keep you “hungry”. An we will (I will) continue to support you..the right way.

Michael

August 3rd, 2009
2:44 pm

Wow, this is awesome Tyler. You are truly a Godsend. Now, if only people of other races would teach their kids that because a Black person commits a crime, not all Black people are bad. Maybe if that happened, we wouldn’t be here discussing it today!

AC

August 3rd, 2009
2:48 pm

Thank you Mr Perry. This is the first timeI have seenall positive comments from the blog. The teaching that Tyler presented to the kids thats the same take I have on race.

Beverly

August 3rd, 2009
2:54 pm

Tyler, this is why you have been blessed the way you have. You should feel really good about what you did for those children. Keep up the good work and God Bless you. I love all your work, plays, movies and TV shows. See what God will do if you do right.

Bibay

August 3rd, 2009
2:55 pm

Bob, the white kids are in the pool. Remember, their parents did not want the minority kids to swim in it.

LAKRGRL

August 3rd, 2009
2:55 pm

Bob – I’d imagine they’re back in PA swimming…