Right here in Atlanta, for instance, the one-and-only Shaquille O’Neal played “Shaq-a-Claus” for some 200 members of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta. He helped hand out gifts at the Bellwood Unit, including toys, winter coats and family care packages. The hilarious big man even led the kids in a rousing sing-a-long of Jingle Bells. Nicely done, Shaq.
For the seventh straight year, the amazing Ne-Yo partnered with BGCA and Toys for Tots on the Annual Giving Tour. In Miami, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Las Vegas, the Club alum handed out presents such as toys, bikes and electronics to about 500 kids in each city.
In California, Queen Latifah joined 44 kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Burbank and Greater East Valley on a shopping spree at JCPenney. The retailer gave each child $100 for holiday shopping. But it gets better. Much to their surprise, JCPenney presented Club leadership with a $50,000 donation.
Honestly, I could fill pages with examples of extraordinary giving. The party the Houston Texans put on for 100 Club kids. The Orlando Magic players who took Club members shopping. The incredible $2 million pledge the Boys & Girls Club of Napa Valley received from area winemakers.
Such generosity reinforces what I think most of us learned as kids. Simply put, it truly is better to give than to receive. From all of us at Boys & Girls Clubs, wishing you and your family a happy, safe and restful holiday.