Clippers Chris Paul Brings Christmas Cheer to 100 North Carolina Children

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 14, 2012

Photo Credit: Wake Forest Magazine
Photo Credit: Wake Forest Magazine

Chris Paul used a recent road trip to throw his annual Christmas giveaway, bringing holiday happiness to 100 local children. 

Wake Forest Magazine (h/t With Leather) reports the Clippers star stopped by his old stomping grounds where he usually holds an annual giveaway with NBA star and fellow Wake Forest alum, Josh Howard

Due to scheduling difficulties, Howard wasn't able to attend this year in Winston-Salem on Thursday, but the guard for the Clippers certainly was. 

Paul joined in with Howard for their fourth year of giving 100 local kids a $100 shopping spree at a local Toys"R"Us. 

We can't get enough of stories about athletes giving back to the community, especially at this time of year. Recently, Andre Johnson delivered the goods to those in need in Houston, and now the basketball world answers in tandem. 

Paul was out in Charlotte on Wednesday for a game the Clippers won against the Bobcats, and will not lace up the sneakers again until Saturday for a game against the Bucks in Milwaukee, so the timing was perfect for some gift-giving. 

Paul gives some insight on how special this particular event, called the CP3 & J-HO 4th Annual Christmas Give Back, is to him. 

This is home for me. The thing about the holidays is everybody isn’t as fortunate as they’d like to be. It’s cool to give back and I love to see the smiles on the kids’ faces. It’s not about me, it’s all about the kids.

I wish my kids were here with me, especially my son. He’s at that age now where he understands a little bit about what’s going on. With kids a lot of the time, it’s about what can you give me. But it’s all about giving back… I learned that at an early age and try to teach the same thing to these kids.

Age doesn't matter—we can all benefit from the lessons Paul is dishing out here. 

The kids were greeted by Paul at the front door and asked how many of them had siblings. From there, he gave a gentle suggestion of using some of their new-found money and buying a gift for someone else. 

Paul tells us what he is looking for in a Christmas gift. 

We actually play on Christmas Day in L.A. against the Denver Nuggets. My Christmas gift is to have my family with me. So I’ve got 35 or 40 of my family members from Winston coming to L.A. If I can’t come home for Christmas, I’ll bring them to me.

Paul will be doing just fine this Christmas, with a grand visit from his family. 

Thanks to this generosity, a good amount of kids from his hometown are already having a very happy holiday. 


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