Redskins make merry with kids at FedEx
The Redskins hosted groups from two dozen schools and youth groups Tuesday, handing out toys and books in the home locker room at FedEx Field as part of the team's efforts to support the U.S. Marine Corps' "Toys for Tots" programs, which helps provide kids with gifts for the holidays.
Redskins players including Clinton Portis, Rocky McIntosh, Kevin Barnes and Marko Mitchell spent time taking photos and signing autographs for the kids, who streamed through the locker room and were allowed to select from piles of toys and books.
"I found a little 8-year-old partner, so you think back to when you was 8," Portis said. "Fortunately for me, I never really knew outside of Mississippi, and I got gifts, and never went a Christmas without.
"But then to become a grown man, a successful man, and you look back and you see poverty-stricken neighborhoods, and you see kids who aren't fortunate, I think it makes you grateful of everything you did."
The Redskins transformed the locker room into a version of Santa's toy shop, and Santa Claus also made an appearance. Each class or group had a picture taken with the Redkins who were on hand.
"There's some happy smiles on kids' faces, young and old," McIntosh said. "It's great to see somebody smiling. It brings a warm feeling throughout your body. Nobody's done nothing like this before for me. It's just wonderful to come out here and help out and see how these kids."
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