Defending NBA MVP James Harden wanted to spread some holiday cheer to those less fortunate.
According to TMZ Sports, Harden and his foundation took 70 children on a shopping spree Monday at a Target in Pearland, Texas. It’s unclear how much Harden spent on the endeavor, although TMZ reported the children received gift cards with a “couple hundred” dollars on them.
The children and their families received “Merry Christmas” shirts from Harden and his foundation, which benefits those in need.
It’s an annual event the Harden family has hosted for the past seven years he’s been with the team.
Another year in the books! @jharden13 and his foundation “3TheHardenWay” partnered up with @target and @KarenCivil to take families out shopping for the annual “3TheHardenWay” Christmas shopping spree! Beard loves the kids! pic.twitter.com/p71wXfClOj
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) December 26, 2018
The next day, Harden dropped 41 points on his former team, Oklahoma City Thunder in route to a 113-109 Christmas day win. Harden continues to show he is doing work on and off the floor.
We should all try to do something during the holiday season for those less fortunate than ourselves, and that’s exactly what Harden did here.
He gave those young children a memory they will likely never forget. That’s simply awesome. If we can criticize athletes when they do dumb stuff, we should applaud them when they give back to the less fortunate.