*With help from numerous teammates, safety Dashon Goldson hosted a gift giveaway at Walmart in Dulles, Va., Tuesday night for 50 underprivileged children from the Northern Virginia area. *
If you're looking for an example of safety Dashon Goldson's leadership off the field, look no further than the Walmart in Dulles, Va., on Tuesday night.
Hosting "Goldson's Gift Giveaway," a similar event to DeSean Jackson's "Shop with a Jock" event last week, Goldson drew numerous teammates – nearly all of the secondary – to help chaperone and shop for 50 underprivileged children from Alternative House. The kids each received $100 gift cards to select toys for themselves and family members, just more than a week away from Christmas.
With help from numerous teammates, safety Dashon Goldson hosted a gift giveaway at Wal-Mart in Dulles, Va., Tuesday night for 50 underprivileged children from the Northern Virginia area on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015.
This was Goldson's third consecutive year hosting an event like this, continuing his efforts that began as a member of the Buccaneers.
"I wanted to keep this up," Goldsons said. "It's a good thing and I bring my teammates along. I also bring my little girl, just to start her off early, let her know that it's good to give back and the importance of it."
Goldson's 4-year-old daughter, Charly, certainly got the point. While other kids close to her age had their share of choices along the toy and clothing aisles, Goldson made sure Charly recognized the value in not always buying for herself.
"I actually don't let her get anything," Goldson said. "This is the one time. It's really hard on her. She gets to come here and she goes crazy, but I don't let her get anything just to show her to give back."
After a meal in the store's cafeteria, and as the shopping carts hit the store floors, more and more teammates filtered into Wal-Mart to help kids try on clothes, check prices and corral their groups from spreading out too far.
With a co-ed group of kids, some players such as DeAngelo Hall and Silas Redd Jr. volunteered to lead the boys around, while others, including nose tackle Terrance Knighton, were a little less confident in their shopping skills, following girls around.
When asked how the shopping was going, Knighton replied, "Exactly how you think."
"It's kind of tough for me today, I've got four girls, I really don't know what they like," safety Kyshoen Jarrett said. "But they're giving me some knowledge, some practice when I have my own kids in the future. I'm trying to do the best I can."
Offensive lineman Ty Nsekhe, possibly the largest human the kids have ever seen in person, seemed to be the most responsible, labeling each of his boys' shopping bags with their names and huddling them together to get on the same page.
"It's always good to give back the community," Nsekhe said. "It's a great cause, a great time of year, the holiday season, something good to do that's genuine."
He also remarked that the turnout from his teammates, which also included left tackle Trent Williams, cornerback Quinton Dunbar, wide receiver Ryan Grant and safety Jeron Johnson, was an indication of the respect they have for Goldson, especially considering they needed to get up early for practice on Wednesday.
"That just shows what type of influence he has on each individual guy to make them want to come out and support," Jarrett said. "A lot of us have families or other obligations, but to make this something that we want to do, help support somebody that leads us on the field, it's great to help them off the field as well. It's definitely a good thing."
Goldson, pushing his cart around, found joy just watching his group rush around him, pick things from the shelves and exclaim about items getting checked off their list.
"It's something I have in my heart," Goldson said. "It's nothing that's forced upon me. I'm fortunate to be put in this position, definitely give back. It's something I've always done ever since I was a young kid. I always like to help others. We are fortunate as football players to be able to do this."