Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson decided to pull a small Christmas miracle. The NFL star gave a Toys R Us shopping spree for a group of at-risk kids.
The Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation decided to fund a shopping spree for 12 selected kids from the Child Protective Services. With just 80 seconds to fill up their carts, all 12 kids managed to rack up over $19,000 in shopping bills.
“You hear a minute and twenty seconds, and you don’t think that’s a long time, but you’d be surprised by what these kids can put into their buckets,” Johnson said after amassing the large bill.
All of the kids, ages 8 to 16 come from abusive homes, and are now with relatives or foster parents. Despite their tough life, each kid remembered to grab toys for their siblings and family members.
“I grew up in a single-parent home and I was fortunate to achieve my goals,” Johnson empathized. “So, whatever goals you have, just keep them out in front of you, don’t let anybody distract you away from them, because there will be distractions that try to detour you away from your goals. That’s the biggest thing.”
And while the star is involved in a lot of charitable events, this is by far his most favorite.
“That’s what this season is about,” he added. “It’s something I look forward to. The kids are happy, they get what they want for Christmas, and that’s all that matters.”