KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The magic of holiday spirit lived on in Kansas City Wednesday night.
The Kansas City Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Dick's Sporting Goods hosted 20 kids for a surprise shopping spree ahead of the holidays.
Edwards-Helaire, running back for the Chiefs, was there to greet them.
“Being able to come in and pick whatever I wanted right before Christmas would have been a blessing and I know it would have been a blessing for my mom and dad,” Edwards-Helaire said. “Right now, it’s about the kids, but it’s the relief for the parents also.”
Participants said the shopping spree was an awesome experience.
“It’s not every day you get to meet a pro football player,” Dalton Hodges, one of the recipients, said. “I think he’s a cool guy. I find him one of the best running backs in the league.”
It's also not every day a person gets $200 to spend however they like.
From shoes, to clothes, to bats, kids could buy whatever they wanted and many chose gifts for their siblings and family members.
“As far as somebody who’s looking to help anyway possible, I’m always there,” Edwards-Helaire said.
As far as Edwards-Helaire's wishes for the holidays...
“An AFC Championship and to remain healthy during the season,” he said.
While all of Kansas City hopes that wish comes true, the kids left Dick's Sporting Goods happy.
“This was probably the best day of my life,” Hodges said.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to more accurately reflect the involved parties.