Chris Paul got into the holiday spirit this year and spread holiday cheer by hosting 500 children from various community organizations in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve day.
The 9-time NBA All-Star and L.A. Clippers captain treated children from L.A.’s Best After School Enrichment Program, Watts-Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club, the Brotherhood Crusade and Leaps n Boundz, an organization which provides adaptive sports, recreation and social programming for individuals with special needs,to a shopping spree at three Target locations. Each child was given a $100 gift card to do their Christmas shopping. The one rule, to buy at least one gift for someone else.
In addition to the shopping spree for the kids, four military families received funds to help them as they transition into permanent housing.
“This is one of the things I look forward to every year,” said the uber-charitable Paul. “Some of the kids don’t buy anything for themselves. They will purchase for siblings, parents and friends. It’s a blessing to be able to spend the day with them and to assist the military families.”
Actor/comedian and writer/producer Kevin Hart was meant to host the Chase-backed seasonal festivities with Paul, but, due to a scheduling conflict, was unable to attend.
Paul presented the event alongside his Chris Paul Family Foundation, which strives to positively impact individuals and families by leveling the playing field in education, sports and life. The foundation provides resources that enrich and strengthen the healthy development of strong communities. Recognized as a leader in the area of philanthropy, The Chris Paul Family Foundation will continue to use its platform to impact communities nationally and globally.