Dec 5, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT
Of all the ways that you can use the word “spree” in a sentence, “shopping spree” is probably the best … and Houston Texans’ receiver Andre Johnson understands that. There are also other things he gets, like putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, and giving back, and being totally awesome.
Johnson recently took 12 kids chosen by Houston’s Child Protective Services and let them get anything they wanted at a Toys R Us store: they had 80 seconds to fill their carts with toys, cameras, etc. Johnson’s foundation picked up the bill, which amounted to $19,521.
Christmas season, you have my permission to launch. It’s impossible not to feel pretty good after reading this. Johnson, to ABC13:
“Every day when I wake up, I ask myself, ‘Who can I add value to today,’ because it’s not about me. It’s all about helping someone else. And at this time of the year there are many opportunities to help less fortunate children have a great Christmas.”
And Johnson told HoustonTexans.com:
“A lot of these kids get discouraged because of where they grew up and things like that. I grew up in a single-parent home and I was fortunate to achieve my goals.”
I love it when pro athletes use their powers for good instead of evil. Call him Andre the Giant.
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