CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns spent Tuesday spreading the holiday cheer to those in need.
Several Browns players and members of the Browns Women’s Organization gave out gifts to and visited with patients at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.
“It’s very important because they’re not able to spend Christmas like other kids,” linebacker
Along with Robertson and Lanning, wide receiver
The members of the BWO handed out memory jars for the children to give their families.
“A lot of the women in the BWO are moms themselves or are thinking about being moms at some point,” said Shelia Chudzinski, leader of the BWO. “It’s a great opportunity for us to give some holiday joy to kids who don’t get to celebrate Christmas the same way ours do.”
Jenner Tekancic, the Browns’ director of community relations, added, “We have fans throughout the entire city and the entire nation. We understand there are fans that won’t be able to celebrate the holidays at home, so the players stepped out in full force to visit with all of the children that they possibly could at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, and the visits were amazing. It was a special time for everyone.”
Although the children and their families had smiles on their faces, the players took just as much from the visit as they gave.
“Giving gifts and receiving gifts is all fun, but this is truly what makes the holiday special,” Lanning said. “When you think they could potentially be here through the holidays and they don’t get to go home, it really means a lot to us to put a smile on these kids’ faces.”
Bess added, “It means everything, not only during the holiday season, but going out and helping people, helping kids, especially those in need. They see us catching touchdowns on Sundays, making plays. For us to come in here and take time to see them, I think it makes their day. That’s what it’s all about, giving back.
“It’s bittersweet, just knowing the circumstances and the situations that they’re in, but they motivate me and inspire me just as much as we do for them with their courage and what they’ve got to go through.”