LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Kids in the Capital Region are getting a special surprise this Christmas from a NY Giant. They get to fill their cart with toys at Walmart but it’s also teaching them an important lesson.
The impact of the Trevin Wade Christmas event was not lost on 9-year-old Ivan Avles of Clifton Park. He’s one of 20 children with Big Brother’s Big sisters of the Capital Region who received a $100 shopping spree at Walmart.
“If they wouldn’t have done it for me I would be sad and I would get coal I don’t know. Yeah,” said Ivan Avles, Clifton Park.
NY Giant defensive back Trevin Wade says even though his team no longer comes to Albany for training camp he didn’t forget about the Capital Region.
“It’s been great you know just seeing them smile and also their parents. That’s a key part just want their whole family in their household just to be happy and find some joy,” said Trevin Wade, NY Giants.
Parents like Analisa Sanchez made the shopping experience a learning one.
“It’s definitely a financial blessing as well as a lesson learned. She has her calculator here so we made it a mathematic experience and she was able to keep a budget so it was great,” said Analisa Sanchez.
But Sanchez says that’s not all her daughter learned today.
“It also shows her that giving back to people when you are fortunate enough is the thing to do,” said Analisa Sanchez from Albany.
The first Trevin Wade Christmas was a success and they plan to do it for many more years.