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While the Celtics will be focused on beating the Nets on Christmas Day this year, several team members are taking time off to give back to the community just in time for the holidays.
Earlier this week, the Celtics hosted a Christmas party in Boston at the top of the Hobbs Skywalk observatory for children patients at Boston Medical Center. Kevin Garnett was in attendance and spent the majority of his time playing games with the children and spending time talking with some of his biggest fans.
At the event, Garnett mentioned his other charity work which includes Toys for Tots as well as his affiliation with the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, which hosted this specific event.
Garnett said he remembers nearly buying out all of Toys “R” Us during his first year in the league to donate to the Toys for Tots Foundation. Garnett went on to say that giving back to those less fortunate, especially around Christmas, is something that he looks forward to every year.
Paul Pierce also showed off his charitable side by teaming up with American Express outside Faneuil Hall in Boston to raise money for the Toys for Tots Foundation. Earlier in December, Pierce greeted Boston shoppers on the scene and encouraged them to donate to the event. For every American Express Gift Card sold that day, $10 was donated to Toys for Tots.
Another Celtics player who got in on the giving back action was Jason Terry who focused on troops serving overseas. Terry personally called the sailors on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, currently traveling through the Pacific Ocean towards the Persian Gulf. Terry called and reminded the 5,000 sailors on board that he and the rest of the Celtics are thankful for their continuous service and dedication to our country.
In addition to the other Celtics players who showed their holiday spirit, Courtney Lee and Jared Sullinger also wanted to give back to the Boston community. They did so by helping to prepare and serve more than 100 meals to hungry guests at Rosie’s Place, a safe haven for poor and homeless women.
Lee and Sullinger both agreed they were grateful to have been a part of such a special experience and event.
As the days until Christmas wind down, the Celtics better hope that some good karma from their holiday charity work comes back to them on the court. And all Celtics fans should have one thing on their own personal Wish Lists: a win over the Nets on Christmas Day.