5:13 pm - 12/04/2012

Texans WR Andre Johnson drops $19K on toy shopping spree for charity

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."

d00ditsemily 4th-Dec-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
same. I remember super market sweep and it was bomb.
so_chic_doll 4th-Dec-2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
lmfao people would just fill their carts up with turkey.
steph313 5th-Dec-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
lol, I remembering wondering why they care about diapers so much. Now that I'm a parent, I know why. Shit, that's all I'd be getting.

Unless they had wine. Then I'd be getting that too.

d00ditsemily 4th-Dec-2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
ugh now i want to watch it
andisprohi 5th-Dec-2012 05:48 am (UTC)
I used to watch that when I was a kid and think "I want to do that, except I refuse to wear those ugly sweatshirts. Somebody better give me a cute t-shirt"
im_a_lewser 4th-Dec-2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
I am saddened by the fact that I will never be able to be on Supermarket Sweep, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Nickelodeon GUTS and Double Dare :(

Love the holiday themed icon! Surprised you didn't use a wetsuit pic ;)
d00ditsemily 4th-Dec-2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
hahha krzg made it for me :)
bibbysbaby 5th-Dec-2012 05:34 am (UTC)
when I grocery shop I always pretend I'm playing and always think of what I would grab 5 of to put in my cart.
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