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Texans WR Andre Johnson drops $19K on toy shopping spree for charity
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d00ditsemily wrote in ohnotheydidnt

Here's an NFL story designed to warm your heart and terrify your wallet. Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, one of the league's unquestioned good guys, on Tuesday performed what's becoming an annual ritual for him: a Toys R' Us shopping spree for at-risk youth in Houston.

Johnson's Foundation, the Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation, funded the spree, in which 12 children selected by Child Protective Services had 80 seconds to fill up their carts with as many toys as they could. And oh, could they fill those carts.

"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 afterward. You can see his gargantuan receipt in the photo at right.

The children, ranging in ages from 8 to 16, have all suffered parental abuse in some form and now live with extended family members. But each child made sure to purchase toys for siblings and other relatives as well.

Johnson's foundation performs several works throughout the year for children in both Houston and Johnson's Miami hometown. But he told the team's website that it's the Toys R' Us event that he enjoys the most.

"I think it's probably the best one because you get to see the kids really enjoy it," he said. "That's what this season is about. It's something I look forward to. The kids are happy, they get what they want for Christmas, and that's all that matters."

After the spree, Johnson also joined the Houston Police Department's Blue Santa program to surprise 800 students at Houston's Bastian Elementary School with Christmas presents.

Johnson stressed that he had traveled the path many of these kids were on, and he hoped they could learn from his example: "I grew up in a single-parent home and I was fortunate to achieve my goals," he said. "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."


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andre <3 yay for houston and the texans to be in the news for something positive

This is just the sweetest thing :3

That's really cool of him. Nice to hear something good about a football player for once.

That was real sweet of him to do. I could care less if he took a photo for press or whatever. At the end of the day the kids end up winning. And if this ends up being a celeb trend, all the better.

D'awwwww. How wonderful.

It's so sad how scarce nice stories like this can be. This made me feel fuzzy on the inside, tbh.

I knew him at the U and he is a legit class act. Can't say that about some of the other guys.

"After the spree, Johnson also joined the Houston Police Department's Blue Santa program to surprise 800 students at Houston's Bastian Elementary School with Christmas presents."

like damn. that's how you use your money.

I missed that part ;___;
that is wonderful.

I've been bawling at the most random shit today and this just started the waterworks again.

We did a toy drive in middle school (to go along with the high school's food drive) and one year a kid's parents told him to load up a cart at the toy store to donate and they'd pay for it whatever it was. He said it was the best feeling.

ngl I would adore doing this.

Awww that's so nice. Good for him.

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