Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah is feeling the Christmas Spirit. He partnered up with a local charity, Wicked Awesome Wishes, to help over a hundred children and families in need before the holidays.
The event, Hope for the Holidays, was held at the Lighthouse Community Center in Oak Park on Tuesday. After practice, Okudah rallied several of his team members to come and help pass out coats, socks, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, shoes, and much more. The players consisted of Amani Oruwariye, Tracy Walker, DeShon Elliott, Will Harris, Ifeatu Melifonwu, Brady Breeze, Khalil Dorsey, and Jarren Williams. They signed basketballs, footballs, shirts, and even crocs for underprivileged families. Not to mention, the hundreds of photos they took throughout the event.
In partnership with Lady Janes Haircuts for Men, Honeybaked Ham, Chubby Charlies, and Moneyball Sportswear, they were able to make a memorable experience for 150 families. Lady Janes provided free haircuts, Chubby Charlies catered pizzas, and Honeybaked Ham provided a take-home meal. Every family went home with their arms full and giant smiles on their faces.
The event featured a live broadcast by the Woodward Heavyweights that included a Hope for the Holidays special, featuring interviews with Chad Johnson, Jeff Okudah, and Will Harris.
Chad Johnson, the founder of Wicked Awesome Wishes, partnered with several companies to make this event possible. Johnson is no stranger to helping the community. Through his foundation he has coordinated several events to help local families, orphans, EMT’s and paramedics, raising money for down syndrome, and so much more. Johnson was ecstatic to be out in the community making a difference. He hopes to continue to make an impact and be a blessing for many years to come.
Maddy Miller – Detroit Lions Beat Reporter
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