Brooklyn Nets and New York Jets spread some yuletide joy


As wonderful as the holidays can be, it’s unfortunate that everyone doesn’t get to share in that joy.

There are many who make a difference who go unnoticed, not just during the holiday season, but year round. When celebrities step up, contribute, it gets the kind of attention that the average person may not receive, but their efforts, when recognized, often times, inspire more of us to give.

Kevin Durant, the Brooklyn Nets 6’11” center recently spent time with children whose families have been homeless.

“I definitely wanted to inject what we do into the community, especially cause I play here, and I’m a part of this community now and I wanted to do as much as we can to help.”

Teammate Joe Douglass has been on television news after donating time and money to Pay Away The Lay-Away. A tearful mom, overwhelmed, who’s children’s Christmas gifts were stolen from her car, was one of those truly grateful to Harris. She had to re-buy the gifts, this time by law away.

New York Jets’ players and NYPD officers from the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn hosted a holiday shopping spree at Dick’s Sporting Goods for 25 students from their Brooklyn Community Services Generation Jets Academy. Each student received a $250 gift card from the Jets to shop for the holidays.

Jet players Robbie Anderson, Jamison Crowder, Demaryius Thomas, Josh Adams, Dan Brown, Matthias Farley, Nate Hairston, Bennett Jackson, Bronson Kaufusi, Corbin Kaufusi, Jimmy Murray and NYPD officers helped participating students shop for a variety of holiday items such as shoes, coats, winter apparel and toys.

Generation Jets Academy, a program developed in 2002 to help enhance the learning experiences of elementary school students, is operated by the Brooklyn Community Services (BCS), Gary Klinsky Children’s Centers and is located at the Ethan Allen School (P.S. 306) in East New York, Brooklyn.


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