Holiday Shopping For Kids Event Once Again Successful And Emotional

Todd Barin
Web Editorial Associate
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The Minnesota Timberwolves hosted a Holiday Shopping For Kids event on Thursday afternoon as a part of their Season of Giving month.

Twenty-three MN ADOPT children, 5-18 year-olds from all around Minnesota, were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go on a shopping spree at Target with members of the Minnesota Timberwolves, including Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Ricky Rubio.

The fun-filled afternoon started off at SEVEN Steakhouse downtown, where the kids thought they would just be enjoying a nice meal and then going home. 

“This is always a very, very special day for us,” Minnesota Timberwolves President Chris Wright said to the kids. “We all know how important the holidays are, and it’s really important that we get our families together over the holidays to celebrate, and everything about today is about being a family.”

As a surprise to them, however, Wright and Crunch showed up to announce that they will each be receiving a $500 gift card to Target and that Timberwolves’ players would be helping them shop.

“To be able to tell them that from here we are going to Target, our players will be at Target and they get $500 to spend is really, truly remarkable,” Wright said. “One of the greatest things for me, as president of the team, is to look into those kids’ eyes and see them surprised.”

With priceless looks on their faces, the kids present were then instructed to create a shopping list with ‘needs’ and ‘wants.’

“At first, when I was at the place before we came here, when they talked about it, I got really happy,” Quinton, a member of MN ADOPT adoption agency said. “Laughter and joy (went through his head when he saw the players). The best part of the day was meeting the basketball players.”

Target was quite the scene as players hustled with the kids around the store to make sure they got everything crossed off of their list.

“It’s great, having them have a great time over here while they are going through a lot of stuff- it’s amazing,” Rubio said.

Whether it was Shabazz Muhammad and Zach LaVine assisting in the electronic section, or Towns sorting through toys, everyone seemed to have a smile on their face wherever you looked.

“That makes the event even more meaningful, that the players want to share their time with the kids,” Nancy McCabe said. “It’s wonderful. It’s a win-win-win situation.”

Throughout December, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation will focus on organizations and events that will improve the holiday season for those in need. The Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation are proud to support the FastBreak Foundation. 

“Oh my goodness. For these kids, this is it for Christmas,” the McCabe’s’ said. “It’s very exciting to be with them and to see how excited they are. It’s just so fun to see the smiles on their faces and some of them are saying it’s like a dream.”

Today, MN ADOPT is the only non-placing agency in Minnesota that provides services and programs to fully support adoptive, kinship and foster families and their children, according to mnadopt.org

The ‘season of giving’ event was a great success and one that will hopefully spread the word that there are still many kids in Minnesota who are looking for someone to call mom or dad.

“We actually hope that there will be incredible media coverage at this event,” Wright said. “What we want to try and do is really show Minnesota that there are kids out there who do need homes, that they do need parents and we hope that this will motivate people to maybe even consider adopting a child in the state of Minnesota.”

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