Mike Daniels and Packers Players Host ‘Shop with a Jock’ for Kids in Need

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Christmas came early for some local kids in need.

Santa Claus came in the form of some of our favorite Packers players.

50 kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Green Bay got a special shopping spree gifted by Mike Daniels.

Each kid had $100 to spend, but for some it was even cooler getting to meet some of the Pack.

It’s not everyday you get to shop with a football player.

“I’ve never actually met a football player before,” says Boys and Girls Club shopper Christopher Duarte.

And the Aackers’ defensive tackle says it’s not everyday he gets to give back, something he says we all should do.

“Just let them see that people care and that it’s important to give back,” says Daniels. “All these kids will be successful in some way, shape or form in their life and we all have the ability to give back, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to get back to your community.”

Of course shopping can be fun but when you have a budget you’ve got to crunch some numbers.

“I’m looking for something that’s affordable,” says Duarte. “I already bought the Red Dead Redemption 2, so I’m trying to find something that’s less than $40.”

And Daniels brought along some of his teammates to help.

“We’ve got a full buggy and they’re thinking strategic,” says Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison. “Some said a little lip gloss, some said clothing. I’m very fashionable, so I gave my advice that I could match and put some stuff together for them.”

“You’re constantly preparing for the games so to take the time out especially at night to come and support the cause and give back to the community it shows the quality of their character,” says Daniels of his teammates.

“They all were looking for gifts for younger siblings, younger cousins and that’s really heartwarming to see,” says Daniels of the kids. “They were caring more about the next person more than themselves.”

Daniels said he took over the program last year.

He says when his former team mate Ryan Pickett left a couple of years ago he had always thought about taking it on and he’s glad he did.

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