Photo courtesy of The Washington Redskins
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Hundreds of kids got an early Christmas on Tuesday when they received free winter coats, scarves, hats along with a visit from several Redskins players.
"I'm pumped!" Siyan Telke, 8, said as she and her classmates rushed into a room filled with coats displayed on racks, organized by color and sizes.
Six area schools were chosen to take part in the "Covered for the Holiday" event hosted by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Macy's. The efforts provide winter attire for children in need.
"Getting a new winter jacket [was my favorite part] because I needed it because it's cold," Telke, a Thomson Elementary School student said.
A total of 300 brand new coats were handed out to students from Beacon Heights Elementary (Md.), Rolling Ridge Elementary (Va.), St. Anthony's Catholic School (D.C.), Thomson Elementary (D.C.) Seaton Elementary (D.C.), and Walker-Jones Educational Campus (D.C.) at the Macy's located at Metro Center in D.C.
"I can relate to a lot of these kids because I grew up like them," running back Alfred Morris said.
The event included Christmas decorations, a balloon both and holiday themed stuffed animals. Redskins' cheerleaders and players, including Stephen Bowen, Fred Davis, Brandon Banks, Doug Worthington, Niles Paul, Joshua Morgan, Darius Hanks and Alfred Morris, all took turns helping the kids get fitted for coats.
"I think they like the balloons more than the jackets," tight end Fred Davis said with a smile. "Their attention goes right to it."
After getting all geared up, the children asked the Redskins players for autographs, and asked questions, especially about Robert Griffin III.
"The kids were asking if RGII was going to play again," Morris said. "Their football IQ was definitely above average."
The event lasted about three hours on Tuesday. Teachers gathered students to make their way back to reality, the rest of the school day, with their new coats and memories of the Redskins.
"Everything was so much fun," Telke said, proudly showing off her new pick jacket.
Story by: Jackie B. Diaz