Irish football team takes kids-in-need on Christmas shopping spree


MISHAWAKA, Ind. A Notre Dame football player shopping for a Michigan sweatshirt?

That's something you don't expect to see but that's when happened Sunday at Meijer on Grape Road in Mishawaka as Notre Dame linebackers Danny Spond and Prince Shembo helped two teenager girls shop for gifts for their loved ones.

It was a Kelly Cares event that matched 100 Notre Dame football players with 100 students-in-need from Grissom and Brown Intermediate schools for a shopping spree. Each kid was given a gift card of $100 to spend on Christmas gifts for themselves or family members.

"Awesome, Awesome--just boom," said 12-year-old Grissom student Briar Russell. "Just mind blowing. There's no words."

Russell shopped with Irish captain Bennett Jackson. That duo sported matching apparrell.

"I got to hang out with my best buddy Bennett and we got these matching Santa hats that are completely swagalicious," Russell said.

For Jackson, he said the experience of being with Briar and giving back to the local community couldn't have been better.

"Every opportunity you have to give back to the community is a great opportunity," Jackson said. "I know with our team everyone takes pride reaching out to the community. It's something we definitely like to do as a team."

After spending their Christmas money, students dined at Papa Vino’s with their football buddies. Papa Vino's donated all of the food for the 200-person party.


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