Christmas came early for hundreds of local school kids Tuesday. Not only did they each get free winter clothes, they were fitted by some of Santa’s helpers wearing burgundy and gold.
“It’s just great to see the kids happy and smiling,” says Joshua Morgan of the Redskins.
Schoolchildren swarmed the first floor of Macy’s in Northwest D.C. They were greeted by balloon animals and Redskins football players who helped them find their favorite coat.
“I love it!” says Izukanne Iweanoge, a second grader at St. Anthony’s School.
Many of the kids come from low-income families unable to provide the winter necessity.
“Some of our kids really need these jackets so it’s really great for them,” says Maria Nguyen, a Seaton Elementary School teacher.
And a few of the children are serious Redskins fans excited about a potential post-season.
“They have to get through the Cleveland Browns, they have to get through the Eagles again and the Cowboys,” says Ajani Bond, a second grader.
In all, 300 children from six D.C.-area schools went home with free winter coats, hats, scarves and a lot of good memories.
“And when kids need something it’s great to provide and I think they’re more excited getting balloons at the moment,” says Sav Rocca of the Redskins.
At times it was hard to tell who was having more fun, the kids or the adults.
This might be the most rambunctious group to come through,” says Morgan.
The experience even had some players thinking about a second career.
“A big mall elf, yeah I think I might be looking like Will Ferrell, the big elf,” says Fred Davis. “Yeah, I think I could do that.”
The kids headed back to school wearing their new coats, their arms full of goodies. And after a day with the Redskins they couldn’t wait to tell their parents.
“My dad likes the Redskins because he grew up in D.C. He’s going to be jealous!” says Bond.