Thunder: Chris Paul Family Foundation sponsors holiday shopping spree for kids in Big Brothers Big Sisters
The children whipped their heads to the right as Chris Paul entered the room.
“How y’all doing?” he said.
“Good,” they chimed in unison.
The 100 children sat on the floor in a room adjacent to Target’s shopping area Tuesday. They were mentees in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, and the Chris Paul Family Foundation was there to celebrate the holidays with them. The Thunder guard’s foundation sponsored a $100 Target shopping spree for each child.
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But Paul made them promise one thing first.
He starting out by asking the gathered children if they knew what Christmas was about.
He got the answer he was looking for from a young boy near the front of the room.
“Boom. Boom,” Paul said. “Alright, put your hands down. He gave a great answer. He said it’s about giving and not getting.”
Paul went on to explain his one rule: Each kid had to buy at least one gift for someone else.
“I’ve been doing that for years,” Paul said before joining the kids, their families, and their mentors in the store. “It’s crazy because I know I always talk about my kids, and usually they’re with me when we do events like this because I want them to see also. It’s about paying it forward.”
Paul said when he was a high school student in North Carolina, he volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters and mentored an elementary school student.
“There’s a bond,” he said. “And that’s big for kids to have mentors and people to look up to for advice. We need more of those, to tell you the truth.”