DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A group of Dallas area kids got the chance to shop with a former NBA star Tuesday night.
Jermaine O’Neal and the Drive Nation Foundation gave 40 low-income families $500 gift cards and took them shopping at Target.READ MORE: 19-Year-Old Tello Hernandez Faces Intoxication Manslaughter Charge Following Fatal Crash
They partnered with Ronald E. McNair Elementary School to choose the children who participated. The kids were able to pick out toys, take photos and talk to O’Neal.
“I am grateful, truly grateful,” said Regina Shedd. She took her grandkids to the event. “They have really truly made Christmas for them.”READ MORE: Homeowner Terry Duane Turner Charged In Slaying Of Motorist Adil Dghoughi In His Driveway
For O’Neal, it’s a personal mission. He has been where some of the kids are now.
He told CBS 11 his mother was a single parent raising two boys.
“There are some levels that one parent can’t touch,” he said.MORE NEWS: Dallas Neighborhood Crime Spike Has Many Questioning, 'Is Uptown Going Downhill?'
Whataburger, one of The Drive Nation Foundation’s sponsors, also contributed Whataburger gift cards for each family.