Thunder Players & Entertainers Assist Kids in Buying $300 Christmas Presents

‣ The Oklahoma City Thunder team, along with Thunder broadcasters and entertainers, helped participants in the Sunbeam Family Services’ Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program to buy Christmas gifts.
‣ Each child was able to select up to $300 in merchandise, and each grandparent was led on a $300 shopping spree by Thunder entertainers. Each family was also presented with a $250 Homeland gift card for groceries.
‣ The program is designed to support grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, offering assistance such as support groups, school supply assistance, holiday assistance, and other resources.

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This past Sunday, a heartwarming event took place. The Oklahoma City Thunder team, along with their broadcasters and entertainers, stepped up for a good cause. They were out there helping participants in the Sunbeam Family Services’ Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. Their mission? To help them buy Christmas gifts.

Each Thunder player was paired with a child. The goal was to help the child pick out up to $300 worth of merchandise. This was all to fulfill their Christmas wish list. Meanwhile, Thunder entertainers took the grandparents on their own $300 shopping spree.

But that’s not all. The Thunder also handed out a $250 Homeland gift card to each family. This was for them to shop for groceries at a later date. With Christmas just around the corner, it seemed like a good idea to get the shopping done early. You know, to avoid the last-minute rush.

“The Oklahoma City Thunder and Sunbeam Family Services are working together to bring you a little extra, special Christmas,” Holiday Assist speaker Debbie Williams announced to kids at Target on Sunday. Sunbeam Family Services’ Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is all about helping families overcome financial challenges. They offer support groups, school supply assistance, holiday assistance, and other resources.

The program is there to support grandparents who are raising their grandkids. This is even if the child’s parent lives in the home. Donations for support are not required to participate, according to their website.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kenrich Williams had something to say about this whole experience. He said buying Christmas gifts for kids is better than winning games. “Me and my boy, Elijah, we had a lot of fun running around the store, grabbing gifts that he’s wanted for a while,” said Thunder rookie guard Cason Wallace.

If someone needs other resources besides school supplies and holiday support, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren encourages them to reach out. The program is there to help the grandkids. Thunder rookie center Chet Holmgren was also proud to help out. “All across the board, we got some art stuff going, Xbox, video games. You know, we got everything going,” he said.

“We did a full lap through the store. Anything we can do to help not only the grandparents but also the grandchildren. It’s amazing. I’m happy we’re able to do it.” One grandparent was left flabbergasted. “I was overwhelmed. I’m sorry, but we weren’t expecting what we got,” said Saundra Booth-Knight. “They were overwhelmed, too. We are very, very appreciative of all of it. We love Sunbeam and what they’ve done for us.”

For one Thunder player, buying Christmas presents for kids felt better than winning NBA games. “This is way better than scoring points, winning games,” OKC forward Kenrich Williams added. “You know, major stats and stuff. This is a great feeling.”

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