It’s the season of giving and Chargers’ players and their families are spreading joy this season by donating Christmas presents to local families in need.
Through the County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) Children & Family Services division, 13 foster families were chosen to be “adopted” by six Bolt families. Each foster family provided lists of things they were in need of or gifts they were hoping to receive, and the players’ families then worked together to turn those wish lists into realities.
Damion Square and his wife, Brandi Square, were one of the Chargers families that donated to the special cause. As a mom herself, Brandi was overwhelmed with the chance to be able to help children who are less fortunate. The Squares also held a bowling fundraiser to provide even more presents to the foster families.
“This is probably one of the most humbling opportunities I’ve ever had,” Brandi said. “With the bowling event yesterday, it really set the bar high for what (we) can do for each other and the community. I’m just really, really grateful to be able to help so many families in need at this moment.”
As the Bolts came through with car loads of gifts for the second year in a row, social workers at the department helped unload the presents and shared their appreciation for the large donation that is sure to put a smile on many kids’ faces.
“It’s amazing,” said Anne Bloxom, SSA Division Director, Children & Family Services. “We really appreciate everything that they do. These are families that obviously wouldn’t have this kind of a Christmas without the support that they’re getting from them.”
“We can’t do this work alone and we really know that the families are going to have a great Christmas because of it,” added Denise Churchill, Deputy Division Director, Children & Family Services. “Knowing that it’s coming from the Chargers, the kids are going to be thrilled.”