Single parent families from Big Brothers Big Sisters go shopping at Walmart
Justin Reid was joined by his teammate Whitney Mercilus to take families from Big Brothers Big Sisters shopping at Walmart. Reid also gifted each family with a hand written card, homemade baked Pumpkin cookies (Reid personally made), Houston Texans caps, Texans lanyards and bracelets. While Reid rated his cookies a 12, Mercilus rated them a 10. Please click the link for event photos. Justin’s Thanksgiving Grocery Grab
Known for his game-winning stops on the field, Houston Texans’ Justin Reid is making an impact and changing lives off the field. The Texans Strong Safety is teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Houston and Walmart to provide some very special families with the food they need for Thanksgiving dinner. Reid will be joined by his teammates and his personal chef to take 10 special families grocery shopping, Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Walmart Neighborhood Center | 12312 Will Clayton Pkwy | Humble, TX 77346.
Reid and the team will help create grocery lists before the shopping begins, and each family will receive a Walmart gift card for $200. For the event’s first year, Reid wanted to serve single parent homes from Big Brothers Big Sisters in Humble. Recognizing that fresh fruits and vegetables are difficult to find in low-income areas, Reid is pleased that Walmart is now the community store that sells fresh produce for an everyday low price.
“I was fortunate to grow up in a household where I had both of my parents and a hot meal on the table every day. It’s during this time of year when I see so many children without and I have to use my platform and position to do what I can because that is what my parents instilled in me,” said Reid.
This is Reid’s second year playing in the NFL for the Houston Texans and as soon as he received his first check, Reid partnered with Candle Lighters, an organization that provides emotional, educational and practical support to families with children with cancer. To date, Reid has personally donated $35,000 to organizations like Candle Lighters and other community organizations. While Reid has been able to help financially, he has also volunteered over 1,000 hours of his time. Understanding it takes a village ensure an event like this is successful, Reid brought in other partners like Pro Guard Roofing, Baked by Beena, Fuel Up, ELR Ranch, Papa John’s pizza and Social Behavior.
Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with parents/guardians, volunteers, and donors to provide children with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change lives for the better…forever. Their vision is that all children can achieve success in life.
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