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On Sunday, Shaquille O’Neal shopped the aisles of Toys ‘R’ Us in Framingham to donate gifts to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
“This is what I do,” he told CSNNE.com as he piled toys into one of his many shopping carts. “I’ve been doing this Toys for Tots since ’95. I just partnered up with Toys ‘R’ Us about five years ago. I’d always go, whenever I had a day off, and get four or five U-Haul trucks and just fill them up.”
O’Neal donned a red Santa Claus hat and shopped around with members of the Marines. He also stopped to talk to fans along the way. Once he made his purchase, he helped load the toys into a military vehicle in the parking lot.
O’Neal stresses the importance of donating in the community and in his own family. His rule of thumb — before his children buy new toys, they must donate ten toys of their own.
“We took a few of their old toys down to a homeless shelter,” he recalled. “This little kid had a broken doll and she was crying. When she got her new gift she was running around happy. It actually made my daughter cry.”
Below is the video of some of the lucky kids who got to shop with Shaq-A-Claus:
(Courtesy of Comcast Sportsnet New England)