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Thunder rolls in to help during holidays

hiccups Modified: June 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm •  Published: December 10, 2009

Tuesday evening, I had to make a quick stop at Target on Penn and Memorial.  I knew something cool was going on inside because I saw the Oklahoma City Thunder vehicles parked outside. 

Inside, you could hear cheering, clapping and holiday music turned way up.  Kids were grinning ear to ear, and the NBA players had smiles to match. 

It was the Holiday Gift Assist.  Grandparents raising grandchildren went around Target with the help of these NBA players to get Christmas gifts for the children.  It was awesome, to say the least.  I overheard some of the interaction between the Thunder and the kids.  You would’ve sworn these guys were just big kids themselves. They were excited and engaged and really showed they had hearts of gold.

Rumble was there, dancing to “Jingle Bells”; toddlers were strapped in the carts, looking up in awe at these very tall athletes in blue Santa hats; store personnel were air traffic controllers.  Toys? This way. Christmas trees? Follow me.  PlayStation?  Over that way.

It was great to witness such a great moment for these grandparents and their grandchildren.  We don’t usually think of grandparents as parents, but those who step into that role after having raised their own children is truly something.  It’s a remarkable kind of love and I’m glad they were brought some holiday cheer this season.

You can read The Oklahoman’s story on the Holiday Gift Assist by clicking here.

-Erica Smith

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