If you were to say the name Andre Johnson to any Texan or any hard core football fan, they’d probably recognize him as the receiver for the Houston Texans. But for 12 children selected by Child Protective Services, Andre is the man who made their Christmas season a little bit brighter.
Johnson took the 12 children to Toys R Us and gave them 80 seconds to fill their carts with whatever toys they wanted. In addition to the toys they chose for themselves, each child also received an entertainment system of their choice and two video games.
Johnson told the L.A. Times, “You hear a minute and twenty seconds and you don’t think that’s a long time, but you’d be surprised by what these kids can put into their buckets.”
These kids did not come to play, in just 80 seconds the 12 children racked up a $19,251 bill for the Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation, grabbing everything from Barbie Dream Houses, digital cameras and gifts for their family members.
The children chosen to participate in this annual shopping spree all suffer from some form of parental abuse and are living with extended family members.
Aside from the toys, Johnson said he wants these children to take away an even bigger lesson from this experience:
“A lot of these kids get discouraged because of where they grew up and things like that,” Johnson said. “I grew up in a single-parent home and I was fortunate to achieve my goals. So, whatever goals you have, just keep them out in front of you, don’t let anybody distract you away from them, because there will be distractions that try to detour you away from your goals. That’s the biggest thing.”