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Redskins Host Annual 'Covered For The Holidays' Coat Giveaway

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Macy's on Tuesday hosted the annual Covered for the Holidays coat giveaway at the Dulles Town Center in Sterling, Va.

Joining more than 300 children from across the Washington, D.C., area were Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Dan Snyder, running backs Alfred Morris and Silas Redd, fullback Darrel Young, wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr., tight ends Niles Paul and Chase Dixon, offensive linemen Shawn Lauvao and Tevita Stevens, defensive lineman Chris Neild, linebackers Everette Brown and Jackson Jeffcoat, safety Duke Ihenacho, punter Tress Way and WOW Wives.  

Macy's sectioned of a portion of the store for the children, as they selected coats based on their sizes, watched a magician perform and then received a Redskins knit hat and scarf.

Snyder – who helped girls at the front rack pick out their favorite coats – said events like these during the holidays are special.

"I love this, this is what it's all about," she said. "Making a difference in these kids' lives during the holidays. Over 300 kids from D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and so I think we all are here with heavy hearts, and it's going to make all of our days and theirs.

Snyder said "everybody is so proud" to take part in such a worthwhile event.

"We have [a lot of] players here, a lot of players' wives, coaches' wives – this is making a difference for everybody," she said. "Seeing all these kids smile and make a difference in their holiday is really what it's all about. This is what we need to lift the spirit for everybody."

Young, who was helping some of the young boys try on their jackets, said you couldn't help but grin after seeing the smiles on the children's faces on Tuesday.

"We're just doing a coat drive for schools, just giving back to kids, something to take our minds off football and what we're going through off the field, but also making an impact on some lives," he said. "I'm still starting to think the players are more excited than the kids, but just out here doing a coat drive, having fun, giving back.

"A lot of people aren't fortunate enough for Christmas, so we just try to give back to those people and make them feel like they're a part of something special."

Redd, who has a young son of his own, said seeing local young kids get excited over new winter gear reminds him of the importance of working outside of the huddle.  

"This is a beautiful thing," he said. "I have a son, so any type of events with kids I try to get out and do it and show my appreciation to the youth and I was in a lot of things like this, so I appreciate the opportunity to be out here, help these kids. It's a really great feeling."

Way bounced around between sections, helping just about any kid who looked like they were in need of assistance.

At one point, he helped two kids try on the same leather jacket — both of which approved.

"It's fun to see them get really excited and have a lot of fun," he said. "Hopefully, they'll have these jackets for a few years and they'll be the ones that they remember picking out with a Redskins. Your day off from the football, you're just hanging out with a bunch of kids who are just excited to be with you, so that's the best day off you could have."




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