Green Brings Holiday Cheer to Boston Youth

Jeff Green helps a young boy pick out a Christmas gift at Macy's.

BOSTON – Holiday shopping was in full swing Tuesday evening for Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green as he, along with nineteen children from Boston Center for Youth and Families (BCYF), went on a shopping spree at the Macy’s store at Downtown Crossing.

With anticipation growing, the youth patiently listened as Green explained what the evening had in store.

“Welcome everybody to Macy’s,” he said. “I have a surprise for each and every one of you tonight. Each of you will be given a $250 budget to spend on whatever you wish as a Christmas present from me to you!”

The excited group followed Green to the junior section, where with the assistance of personal shoppers provided by Macy’s, each child began to pick out items to help them keep warm this winter.

The indecisive children confided in Green’s style advice, asking him which item they should purchase.

“I enjoy expressing myself through fashion,” the Celtics forward said. “Being able to help the youth here today choose outfits they love is a lot of fun.”

Boston's Interim Chief of Human Services and Executive Director of BCYF, Christopher Byner, commented on how important this event was for the children.

“Christmas is a special time of year and today’s event made our families feel very special," said Byner. "The Boston Celtics are a great partner to BCYF and Jeff Green could not have been more approachable and more generous. Our families were so excited that he personally helped them select items they needed at Macy's."

Green then explained why he was so adamant on putting together such a day.

“I am a family man,” he said, “so to be able to help make families happy this time of year was a true pleasure.”

With smiles from ear to ear, the youth began to check out and thank Green one last time for his generosity. Heading into the Christmas break, Green and the Celtics will have a lot of young fans cheering for them in the New Year as they enjoy their new wardrobes.

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