Rondo Buys, Delivers Gifts for Local Youth
DORCHESTER, Mass. – One hundred youth from the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club went home with smiles on their faces Saturday morning thanks to the kindness of Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who gave hundreds of gifts away to the group.
“I love this time of year but also realize that there are a lot of families that can’t afford to buy gifts for their kids during the holidays,” said the All-Star. “Spending time with the kids today and giving them each a gift was fun and I hope they all have a Merry Christmas.”
Leading up to Saturday morning, Rondo put a lot of thought and effort into ensuring some of Boston’s neediest youth had a memorable holiday. The Thursday before the event at the Boys and Girls Club, Rondo woke up bright and early to arrive at the Target at South Bay before the store opened. He entered the building and went on to purchase $15,000 worth of gifts, including bicycles, razor scooters and iPod Touches. He even took one bike on a test run through the isles before taking it through check-out.
The items were then packed into a U-Haul and the point guard drove the 26-foot truck to the club. The youth who were in the club’s gym were participating in relay races with members of the Celtics staff, but that ended quickly. They raced to the door of the building to see what all the commotion outside was about.
The large group erupted as they saw their favorite Celtics player get out of the U-Haul while wearing a Santa Hat. Still not understanding why he was there, another cheer commenced when Rondo opened the back of the truck to show off all of the gifts.
After the kids were instructed to line up based on age, they each received a gift. The youth who were between the ages of six and 10 were given a razor scooter and a helmet while the 11-year-olds received a bike and a helmet. The older kids ranging from 12 to 15 years old were given an iPod Touch.
Still excited about their presents, the youth were in for a bigger surprise when Rondo returned to the gym with them to challenge them all to a game of Connect 4.
“I will never forget this day,” said one grateful teenager. “Rajon Rondo is a beast on the court but even a better person off it. Not many people would take the time to buy us gifts and spend time with us like he did today.”
With some gifts still remaining, Rondo then visited the Holland Boston Centers for Youth and Families to give 10 more youngsters a gift for the holiday.
As Rondo and the Celtics prepare to depart Boston for a week-long road trip, he will have a lot of young fans cheering him on as they enjoy the holiday with their new gifts.