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Several Redskins Players Help Donate Winter Clothing To Area Schoolchildren

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

WASHINGTON – Fred Davis describes himself as “a big kid at heart,” so it wasn’t a surprise to see him amidst a sea of elementary school children Tuesday afternoon having a sword fight with balloons.

“I think it’s good for them to see you, to interact with you, to see what you’re like, because they probably don’t really know,” Davis said Tuesday.

Davis and five other Washington Redskins players – running back Alfred Morris, receiver Joshua Morgan, tight end Logan Paulsen, defensive end Doug Worthington and punter Sav Rocca – were at the downtown Macy’s for the team’s annual winter coat giveaway.

Redskins running back Alfred Morris helps a student look through coats at Macy’s. (ZAC BOYER|The Free-Lance Star)

In partnership with the department store, the players helped distribute 300 coats, hats and scarves to underserved children from six metropolitan schools. Children were allowed to select a new coat they liked from one of several racks, try it on and keep it.

They also received balloons and balloon animals, stuffed Smurfs, team posters, trading cards and bookmarks, and were able to chat and mingle with the players for half an hour.

“I mean, just coming here and seeing the expressions on their faces – it’s the season of giving,” Worthington said. “As the Redskins, it’s very important for us to come help out in the community, and for us to come into D.C. is actually very important.”

Children were also able to write letters to Santa Claus, which were collected by Macy’s and will counted so the department store can donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every letter collected. Afterward, the players were asked to write their own letters to put in the box to be included as part of the donation.

“It’s awesome,” Worthington said. “I know that when they came out there and they see us with our jerseys on, their faces light up. They want to talk about football. They want to talk about us being here. We appreciate it, and we appreciate them for coming.”