Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Green Bay's Ryan Pickett hosts shopping spree for needy kids


At nearly 340-pounds, Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Ryan Pickett can certainly give Santa Claus a run for his money. Pickett also sports a beard that rivals ole' St. Nick.

So, it should come as no surprise to learn that Pickett is a generous man. This fact was evidenced when he took 50 underprivileged kids from the Green Bay area for a holiday shopping spree.

"My wife and I have a passion for children and we just doing things in the holiday season to reach out to the community," said Pickett. "We just felt like this is a big need. We just have a lot of joy in doing this."

One of his teammates was even quoted in saying that "Pickett is the Santa of Green Bay".

The event, aptly named "Shop With a Jock", was an effort to bring holiday joy and cheer to kids from the American Foundation of Counseling Services and Family Services. The children also got the chance to eat dinner and play games with several Packers players.

The 33-year old NFL veteran said he hopes to turn the gesture into an annual event.

Via Fox 11.

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