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Travis Kelce surprises kids with shopping spree

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Posted at 8:47 PM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 10:39:31-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Travis Kelce surprised more than two dozen kids Tuesday night.

And right after he did, he took the 25 kids from the YMCA of Greater Kansas City on a $100 shopping spree at JCPenney.

And when Kelce walked into the store in Independence, the kids' faces lit up.

"Just the smiles that I saw on their faces when I walked in, that's the coolest feeling in the world," said Kelce. "I remember how I used to look at athletes and I know what kind of impact I can have on them."

And that impact was immediately felt.

"I just did not know. I was like, Wow! I did not know he was going to be here. I thought it was going to be Santa Claus," said Emily Jack, a young girl who went shopping with Kelce.

While Kelce wouldn't adopt the nickname 'Santa Kelce,' he said he wanted to help out as much as he could.

"Its the giving season. My mother and my father ingrained it in me to help out when help is needed," Kelce said. "Every year during the holidays, I want to spread the love, especially to a community like Kansas City."

The three-time pro-bowl tight end also had a message for the kids—don't forget your family.

"I know it's an opportunity to get some stuff for themselves, but at the same time there are people that take care of them that I'm sure are deserving of something for Christmas," Kelce said.

Kelce partnered with JCPenney for Tuesday night's event.