Texans’ Andre Johnson gives away $16,000 in toys at annual Christmas event
The Texans were off Tuesday.
At 8:30 a.m. on his off day, wide receiver Andre Johnson walked into a Toys R Us near NRG Stadium, found the children waiting for him and gathered everyone together.
“You can go through the store and get whatever you want,” said Johnson, the Texans’ longest-tenured player. “I’ll pay for it. Have a Merry Christmas.”
Empty shopping carts were lined up. The countdown began. Then Johnson briefly paused the rush.
Don’t worry about video-game systems, he said. If you want one, you’ll get one, and a couple games. They’re behind locked doors. Focus on what you really want and you’ll get a free system when your carts are loaded.
They were off. For 80 seconds, children ages 8-16 from the Harris County Department of Family Protective Services tore through open aisles, pulled once-unthinkable items off shelves and kept racing in dreamland.
This is so very generous!
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