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Andre Johnson plays Santa for Houston kids once again

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It has been a dreadful season for the Houston Texans, but 11 straight losses have not gotten in the way of wide receiver Andre Johnson’s yearly effort to bring some   smiles to the faces of kids who could use them.

Johnson has made an annual tradition out of giving 12 kids chosen by Child Protective Services in Houston on a shopping spree at Toys R Us. The kids have 80 seconds, in honor Johnson’s No. 80, to fill up carts with everything they can grab off the shelves. Every kid teamed up with a Texans cheerleader to race through the store and was guaranteed an entertainment system of their choice and two games in addition to anything else they grabbed.

“I remember times where I wasn’t able to get things that I wanted,” Johnson said, via the Texans website. “It just gives them a chance to go through the store and get whatever they want. They don’t have to ask anybody for it. Whatever they have on their Christmas list they can pick up.”

The Texans website has some great video from the event, which Johnson has hosted for seven years. The final tab for this year’s event was $17,352, which is a pretty impressive total given the short period of time the kids had to work even if it is a bit less than last year’s total.

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11 Responses to “Andre Johnson plays Santa for Houston kids once again”
  1. doctorjagaloon says: Dec 11, 2013 8:23 AM

    I have always liked Andre Johnson and any charity/giving is a great thing, especially at this time of year. Wish more people and players would do more in this area. That being said, I can’t help that my first thought is why give so few of kids so much instead of more kids and a little less? Eg instead of giving 12 kids $1450 worth of stuff how about $350 worth of stuff to 50 kids? Either way thats alot of money and charity by AJ, kudos to him.. Just some food for thought.

  2. thedoubleentandres says: Dec 11, 2013 8:30 AM

    Wonder will he be pelted with snowballs next time he plays against Philly

  3. dualprime says: Dec 11, 2013 8:33 AM

    Way to go Andre!

  4. getatmeplease says: Dec 11, 2013 8:39 AM

    $17K is chump change for AJ but probably brings more joy to those kids than anything else in their life right now. Good work Andre! Love seeing these types of stories.

  5. coonsqualler says: Dec 11, 2013 8:47 AM

    Awesome!! We need more high profile people acting like this. On behalf of all those kids, THANK YOU Mr. Johnson..

    Merry Christmas to all…and Go Brownies!!

  6. southpaw2k says: Dec 11, 2013 9:21 AM

    Bravo. Big time.

    We need more stories like this one.

  7. godofwine330 says: Dec 11, 2013 9:22 AM

    Good to hear stories like this on the news because they don’t make the news often. Good job, Andre.

  8. galvestontexans says: Dec 11, 2013 11:01 AM

    Dre is a class act all the way.

  9. amazingguy101 says: Dec 11, 2013 11:27 AM

    Awww we need more players to do that. They make way too much money but helping a community is a way to go Andre Johnson.

  10. chitown2831 says: Dec 11, 2013 1:26 PM

    Its hard not to like this guy. Good job andre

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 11, 2013 2:28 PM

    He’s done this for years at the Toys ‘R Us next to the stadium, and only last year did it become public.

    Dre is a class act and the Texans couldn’t ask for a better face to the franchise. I have nightmares about the day the Texans think they would be better off without him and he goes to another team… the only thought there that makes it better is I know he’ll only go to a place he has a shot at a title right away.

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