Wizards Care 12 Days of Holiday Cheer
Last Updated on December 3, 2009

Day 1: Miller Gives Deserving Family Holiday Cheer
On Wednesday, Mike Miller and the Washington Wizards kicked off their 12 Days of Holiday Cheer. Washington DC's Laws family were the guests of Miller, and were treated to a limo ride, a pre-game meal, lots of holiday gifts and tickets to that night's game. More: Photo Gallery | Video
Day 2: Andray Blatche Reading Time-Out
On Thursday, Andray Blatche presented 52 students with a special holiday Reading Timeout featuring author, Kenji Jackson and WSE’s own illustrator, Daryl Humphrey of the book “The Rapping Salamander.” Andray purchased and provided each child with a copy of the book and a Target gift card. More: Photo Gallery | Video
Day 3: Gilbert Arenas Grants Wish
On Friday, Gilbert Arenas continued the 12 Days of Holiday Cheer when he hosted a meet-and-greet through the Make a Wish Foundation with Brent Johnson. Johnson took part in the team's intros, captains meeting and much more. More: Photo Gallery | Video
Day 4: Mike James Hosts Movie Night
Mike James, the Wizards and the Big Brother/Big Sisters Program continued 12 Days of Holiday Cheer on Monday. James hosted 300 Military Families for an advance screening of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. More: Video | Photos
Day 5: Toy Drive
Throughout the day on Tuesday, December 8th, 2009, when the Wizards paid tribute to former Chairman Abe Pollin at ‘Remembering Abe’ (a free, public celebration of the life of Pollin at 7:00 pm at Verizon Center), Wizards Care conducted a day-long toy drive at Verizon Center. As a way of honoring Abe Pollin, people were asked to drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the F Street Entrance of Verizon Center, anytime from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. The toys were donated to the Salvation Army this holiday season. Every person who donated a toy received a ticket voucher to a future Wizards game.
Day 6: Family to Family
On Wednesday, Wizards Care continued the 12 Days of Holiday Cheer with Family to Family. Washington Wizards players and members of the organization delivered gifts to four of DC's underserved families. More: Video | Photos
Day 7: Butler's Big Bike Giveaway
On Thursday, Wizards Care continued the 12 Days of Holiday Cheer as Caron Butler conducted Butler's Big Bike Giveaway, donating 100 bikes and helmets to children of military families. More: Video | Photos
Day 8: Holiday Shopping Spree
On Friday, Wizards Care continued the 12 Days of Holiday Cheer as Wizards guard Randy Foye ‘adopted’ DC’s Cannaday family and took them on a holiday shopping spree at Target. More: Photos | Video
Day 9: Antawn Jamison Sneaker Giveaway
Antawn Jamison and ADIDAS joined together to provide one hundred (100) pairs of brand new sneakers to underserved children. More: Video | Photos
Day 10: Bright Beginning Christmas Party
Wizards Gilbert Arenas provided holiday gifts of Leapfrogs Scribble and Write and Elmo Encore Live for 100 kids of Bright Beginning Inc. More: Video | Photos
Day 11: Wizards Wives Provide Tickets to the Rockettes
On Friday, the Wizards Wives provided tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, featuring the Rockettes, to the Avery and Essex families who have children currently at Children's National Medical Center during the holiday season.
Day 12: Crittenton Adopts Family and Wizards Care Makes Donation to Thrive DC
The Washington Wizards and ‘Wizards Care’ made a cash donation to Thrive DC to honor Mr. Pollin and his lifetime generosity to the Washington, DC community that he was so passionate about. Thrive DC is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving the District of Columbia. Founded in 1979, Thrive DC, previously known as the Dinner Program for Homeless Women (DPHW), serves anyone in need, providing a comprehensive range of crisis and individual case management services to men and women of all ages, backgrounds, races, and ethnicities. Washington Sports and Entertainment employees also volunteer weekly and help with Thrive DC’s volunteer feeding program. Additionally, on the final day of ‘Wizards Care’ Twelve Days of Holiday Cheer, guard Javaris Crittenton met with the Brown Family that he ‘adopted’ during the holiday season. Crittenton purchased and donated holiday gifts to this deserving but underserved DC family. More: Photos | Video