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Westbrook gives back this holiday season

Monday, December 21, 2009

Brian Westbrook might be a leader on the gridiron but it was the 200 pound running back that was following the directions Monday evening.

"I just want to give these kids the opportunities I had."

Westbrook teamed up with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia to throw a holiday celebration for underprivileged children in Southwest Philadelphia.

It was a different game-plan for this team. First the kids fueled up on pizza donated by Papa John's then the kids scored some presents.

"I got an art kit."

"It's a charm and magnetic jewelry set."

"It's pink and it's beautiful."

It was a beautiful time for the kids and for their parents who have been going through some tough times.

"I don't have a job. It's really hard to get kids a gift. It's providing something I can't provide for my child."

From soccer balls, to baby dolls, there were presents for kids of all different ages. Westbrook donated $2500 so that 57 kids could have a good Christmas.

Not to mention their families. Children could also scout out gifts for someone they love so they too can experience the happiness of giving.

"It makes me feel good I don't have enough money to give my mom something and now I have something to give her," said 9-year-old Nicholas Dellavecchia.

Westbrook is hoping others in his position take a page out of his playbook and give back during the holiday season.

"Show people to give back they will be better in the future for it."

And for these children, that's the real touchdown.

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philadelphia, pennsylvania, brian westbrook, philadelphia eagles, christmas, local/state, katherine scott
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