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: Fight Between Brothers Ends With 1 Shot, Critically Injured And 1 Arrested In Alvarado Friday Night
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: 'I'm Afraid We're Going To See A Surge Of Violence' Says Texas Criminologist Following Recent Mass Shootings
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: Texas Grand Jury To Consider Charges In Shooting Death Of Protester Garrett Foster Last Summer
Whataburger, one of The Drive Nation Foundation’s sponsors, also contributed Whataburger gift cards for each family.