Renaldo Wynn‘s “Holiday Wishes Come True” event was a big success today. Wynn, along with his wife LaTanya and a huge number of his teammates, escorted local children in need through Target, providing each kid with a hundred dollars to use toward whatever they wanted for the holiday season.
Byron Westbrook was one of the players who helped out with — and enjoyed — the event. “This was a great event today,” he said, “being able to help these kids who can’t get some of these gifts all the time get some of what they did want for Christmas. And it helps the parents out as well, gets something to make their kids happy. The kids had big smiles on their face the whole day.”
Westbrook and a few of his teammates, though, did run into some downtime before the event got started, and they amused themselves by tracing their hands on the disposable tablecloth in front of them and autographing the handprint.According to Westbrook, this was his idea. “Just in case the kids wanted to see how big an NFL player’s hand is,” he said, “I just [drew] my hand up there so they can put their hand in it. Just something for the kids.”
To hear Westbrook tell it, Kareem Moore and Lendy Holmes were just riding off his idea. “I put my hand up there first, and then Kareem wanted me to trace his hand,” he said. “I’m like, ‘Come on, man! You’re a grown man, you gotta do it by yourself!’ I made a little stick figure first, a little portrait, and he drew all over that too, so I’m like, ‘You gotta get your own creative mind, make your own designs.’”
You will no doubt be shocked to hear that Moore has a different recollection of the events.
“Man,” Moore said, “he was like, ‘I’m ’bout to draw my hand,’ and I said, ‘Let me do mine first.’ So we draw the hands, but did you see the extra work I put in mine? I put my tattoo on it. I actually put that in there, and then he wanted to put his fingernails in too.”
(The tattoo is of his son’s name, Kamren, and actually appears on his wrist pretty much like it does in the top drawing on this post.)
“You know, it’s like….” He paused, considering his simile. “It’s like water,” he said. “People come out with water, but then they come out with soda. Gatorade. They improve on it. So what?”
One thing Moore did not disagree with? The success of today’s shopping trip. “This was a good event, you know,” he said. “I had a chance to have fun with some of the kids. Just a good thing to give back to the community, period.”
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