This is one of my favorite posts to write every year. For the past seven years (links to years past are in that post), Andre Johnson pays for a group of underprivileged kids to have a Christmas that they would never have otherwise. This year's run happened a couple of days ago:
This year twelve children received the opportunity to go to Toys ‘R’ Us and the All-Pro receiver foot the bill. But before he paid $17,352 for their gifts, the number ‘80’ receiver threw in a gaming console and games.
"It just gives them a chance to go through the store and get whatever they want," Johnson said. "They don’t have to ask nobody for it. Whatever they have on their Christmas list they can pick up. That’s the reason why I do it."
The cool part of this year's event is that the national media is beginning to pick up on the unbelievable generosity of 'Dre. The Huffington Post and USA Today have articles on 'Dre's Christmas spirit. As far as I'm concerned, anything that raises Andre Johnson's profile nationally is a good thing. Those Hall of Fame ballots aren't going to cast themselves.