The holiday spirit was in full force on Monday night as wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. hosted the Ravens 11th Annual Holiday Helper event at Target in Owings Mills.
Smith Sr., was all smiles even with his leg on a scooter as he did his best to help spread some holiday cheer to several Baltimore-area youths who otherwise may not have had Christmas this year.
“We’re not only giving them an opportunity to shop, we’re also telling them, ‘Hey, you got any other family members that you think you can help out, that need something?'” Smith said.
While the event was about giving back to those in need, Smith Sr. also wanted the kids in attendance to think about others in their families so they could have a something to open on Christmas morning as well.
The message was well-received.
“We got one kid, he was like, ‘Oh, I want to get a watch for my grandmother.’ Those are the important things, for him to get this opportunity, but to also be selfless. What else can I do for someone else?”
Smith Sr. was joined by several of his teammates including Marshal Yanda, Justin Forsett, Sam Koch, Ryan Jensen, Terrence Brooks along with Justin Tucker, Kendrick Lewis, Marlon Brown, Anthony Levine, Morgan Cox and Terrence Magee.
The event featured a pizza party and included a special gift bag from the Ravens organization.
“This is such a dream come true,” said Adele Collins, a bystander watching these players help out the kids in need. “There truly is so much more to life than what these guys to on the football field.”
While not much has gone right on the football for the Ravens this season, they have truly shined off the field this Holiday Season.
Well done guys…..
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