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Class Act: Andre Johnson Spends $20,000 on Christmas Gifts for At-Risk Children

by: JamieD On  Thursday, August 29, 2013

Andre Johnson has been on fire lately, as he has accumulated a total of 517 receiving yards over the course of the past three weeks.  However, the biggest and most impressive number that the Houston Texans’ receiver has put up over the past month didn’t come on the football field—although, those 14 receptions for 273 yards and a touchdown during a week 11 victory over the Jags were awfully impressive.  Rather, it came during his recent shopping spree at a Toys “R” Us in Houston on Tuesday, as the five-time Pro Bowler spent a whopping $19,521 on Christmas gifts for a group of 12 children that were selected by Child Protective Services.

The 12 at-risk children that were chosen to take part in Johnson’s annual Toys “R” Us shopping spree were given 80 seconds to race through the isles and fill their carts with as many items as possible.  And in the end, it was the Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation that footed the incredibly long bill.  Heck, even Johnson himself seemed to be surprised with just how long the final bill ended up being:

“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.

But in the end, it wasn’t about the money spent for Johnson.  Instead, it was about seeing the smiles on the faces of these less-fortunate children that seemed to make it all worth while for the 31-year-old superstar:

“That’s what this season is about,” Johnson said. “It’s something I look forward to. The kids are happy, they get what they want for Christmas, and that’s all that matters.”

There you have it.  Andre Johnson: Class act.

Hat Tip – [Los Angeles Times]




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