The 2013 season may have been a difficult one for the Texans, but Andre Johnson still comes out a winner this year as he once again makes dreams come true for 12 Houston children in need and their siblings. For the seventh year in a row, Johnson sponsored a Christmas miracle, this year racking up a $17,352 total after letting the kids loose for 80 seconds in a store to grab whatever they wanted. The All-Pro wide receiver chose to make his generous shopping spree last 80 seconds in reference to his uniform number.
The children are selected through the local CPS and have all suffered some form of parental abuse, resulting in their placement with extended family members. Johnson hopes that the impact of the shopping spree will go beyond the tangible items that they go home with and that it reminds the children that good things do happen in life and can happen to them specifically.
While many preach about the negativity surrounding the materialism of modern Christmas, differences in socioeconomic status are felt sharply at this time of year. Money may not be everything, but the faces of the children receiving gifts highlights the generosity of this act and the impact that it has on each of them. It is very likely that they will never forget this act of kindness and their good fortune to be included in the fun.