Chicago Bears star Khalil Mack hailed for ‘incredibly generous’ Xmas gifting
Khalil Mack ensured that Christmas came early for hundreds of families in his hometown last week by paying off all active holiday layaway accounts at a Walmart Superstore.
The Chicago Bears pass-rusher's generous move was announced by the chain store in Fort Pierce, Florida on Friday, two weeks before Christmas Eve.
Mack, 28, and his two brothers were born and raised in the city, and he graduated from Fort Pierce Westwood High.
"We have some wonderful News!” the store wrote on Instagram.
"If you have an active Holiday Layaway account at your local Ft. Pierce Wal-Mart, you account has been paid off!
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“We here at Walmart would like to thank the Khalil Mack Foundation for your generosity, and for making so many families happy for the holidays.
“Everyone is truly grateful for everything you have done for them!”
Fox Sports reported that Mack paid off the debt of 300 families with the kind gesture, helping the community to have even happier holidays.
And he was hailed by football fans of all NFL franchises when the news of his gift broke on social media.
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"I love when players do this stuff. A lot of them didn’t grow up in upper middle class places like some people," wrote one person.
"So it’s always nice to see them at least trying to help make a kids Christmas just a little special."
"That's such an incredibly generous thing to do… I'm not crying, you're crying!" tweeted another.
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A third sent an emotional thank you message, writing: "Mr. Mack you are one of the greatest football players I have ever seen, but your actions off the field make you an even better human being! Well done sir!"
Mack’s foundation had approached the store and asked to be a 'secret Santa', store manager Mathias Libardi told the TC Palm.
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The former Oakland Raider has also made other charitable donations this year.
Mack donated $2,000 to the Chicago Chargers’ U14 Pop Warner football team to help them play in the Disney National Championship in Florida, WGN-TV reported.
He also shelled out for 100 pairs of cleats for all the football players at his former high school, before the start of this year’s season.
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