The day for his 7th year of celebrating the spirit of Christmas began with donuts, orange juice and pictures with the Houston Texans cheerleaders.
After Johnson led the countdown to the 80 second shopping spree, 12 children, ages 8 to 12 years old from the Harris County Department of Family Protective Services, shopped as fast as they could with their Texans cheerleader buddy throughout Toys “R” Us.
The big finish were baskets overflowing with toys of each child’s choice. The grand total for Johnson’s bill: $17,300.52!
This bill was worth a million smiles to Johnson.
“You get to see them run through the store and get whatever they want. It’s great. They get to pick out everything themselves, and they don’t have to ask anybody for it. They get what’s on their Christmas list. That’s worth it,” Johnson said.
Johnson explained why sharing his Christmas tradition with Houston children is an exciting part of his holidays.
“This is a great chance to give back to the community,” he said. “The idea came up for this, and we enjoyed the first time. We've been doing it ever since. It’s fun for the kids and for me.”
In addition to their toys, the children received the latest electronics in game systems with games and tablets to take home.
Kristina Belcher, Kinship Program Director for CPS in Houston, said, “It’s very gracious he picked out the agency and our program. All the kids were so excited.”
The Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation was founded in 2003 in an effort to give back to the community and showcase the positive lifestyles and contributions of professional athletes. Johnson’s Foundation is committed to empowering and developing youth from single-parent homes into responsible and educated citizens. Children from Houston area and Miami, Johnson’s hometown, are the beneficiaries of the Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation.
For more information, go to www.andrejohnsonfoundation.org.