NFL Alumni team-up with active players to give the gift of “Caring”
Thanksgiving and Christmas remind us that the act of giving is one of the most rewarding experiences we can have in our lives. The NFL Alumni’s motto of “Caring for Kids” and giving back to our communities during the Holiday season exemplifies that act.
We must always remember that society – and young people in particular – look for us to be role models in our communities. That is an honor and privilege that no one can put a price tag on. I truly believe that our ability to make a positive impact on the lives of young people enriches us more than any Legacy Fund could ever accomplish.
This past Tuesday, I and a few other retired and active Buffalo Bills players had an opportunity to be part of an event called the “Gift of Warmth Celebration”. The Buffalo Bills Alumni Association supported the program by helping the children decorate picture frames, make red, white and blue fleece scarves and other Christmas gifts. We also shared our favorite holiday moments with them and ended the celebration by giving “Pillow Pets” to all the children that were in attendance.
George Martin and the NFL Alumni Association Board of Directors, staff and select members were instrumental in coordinating the acquisition and delivery of thousands of these gifts to Chapters all across the country.
This is just one of numerous activities and events that are being held and planned by local Chapters. I encourage all former players to get involved and work to make a difference in the lives of children and families by actively participating and showing them you really do care. Every time we encourage a child to fulfill their dreams, reach for the stars and do all they can to achieve their goals in life, we ourselves become a little richer.
The smile on the face of a child keeps us all young at heart!
By the way, next time you see a volunteer Salvation Army worker standing in front of a store with a collection pot, give them a reason to ring the bell. Just try to imagine that a deceased player gets his new knees in heaven every time the bell rings.
Have a Merry Christmas!