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Grammy-winning gospel artist surprises Richmond school

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Some Richmond students received a surprise they wont soon forget Friday, when Grammy-winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams showed up unannounced to Carver Elementary School!

The star was there to present a $10,000 check to the school to supports its beautification projects - including a greenhouse on site.

That's not all the singer did during her visit. She broadcast her morning radio show, that can be heard in more than 50 markets, in Richmond Friday to help collect toys for needy children.

There was plenty of music, laughter and fun, and it was all for a good cause.

Faithful listeners filed into a tent in the parking lot of the Lowe's on West Broad Street, not only to be part of the live broadcast but also to bring gifts that will help more than a thousand families in need throughout Richmond. It's one the largest toy drives in the area, and Adams encouraged listeners to give all morning.

She did some giving of her own during her visit. Her foundation, in partnership with Lowe's, presented George Washington Carver Elementary School with a check for $10,000.

"I am a former educator, so I know how important education is," said Adams. "It is the great balancer in life."

Officials from the school were on hand to watch the broadcast and accept the check while the show was on the air.

"It's just wonderful to be able to use an additional set of resources to be able to help our children grow," said Principal Kiwanna Yates.

Adams says giving back to the Richmond area is the least she can do for listeners who give her show so much support.

"Thank you for loving us the way you do, because He, like you, said we could be anywhere in the world, but Richmond is the place this year and we just love you guys."

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