Chicago native and Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum has a big heart, especially during the Holidays.
Bynum has developed a reputation for giving back to those less fortunate by sponsoring Thanksgiving dinners for homeless youth, a free basketball camp for high school students and donating shoes to those who don’t have them.
And now that Christmas is right around the corner, Bynum is once again lending a helping hand by making sure that underprivileged kids in Chicago and Detroit have at least one gift for the holidays.
“It means a lot to me to be able to give back to two communities this holiday season, in both Chicago and Detroit,” Bynum told NBC Chicago. “This is the season for giving and sharing.”
Bynum is donating $2,500 worth of toys to Detroit’s Cass Community Social Services Christmas Store (CCSS) to help homeless parents in Detroit provide gifts for their children. He is also donating 175 toys to the Local Advisory Council of Chicago Housing Authority to give to underprivileged children in need from the West Side of the city.
The CCSS Christmas Store will open its doors to homeless men and women, who utilize Cass emergency and residential programs, to shop for gifts to give their children. A new family is able to pick out a gift every five minutes. The store is expected to serve 250 children between the ages of newborn to 18.
The Local Advisory Council of Chicago Housing Advisory, will be hosting a Breakfast with Santa and providing gifts, given by Bynum, to the children of West Haven Homes. The organization recently lost their funding. Before Bynum’s donation of 175 toys, they only had 25 toys for the 200 children they are expecting.
“I have been blessed with so much,” says Bynum of his giving. “I want to be able to give back to those who haven’t been as lucky as me. To me, helping others is the real gift of the season.”