Houston Texans’ Andre Johnson provides shopping spree for needy children

Dec 11, 2013, 5:41 PM | Updated: 5:41 pm

Houston Texans star receiver Andre Johnson seems to really embrace the spirit of the holiday season.

Tuesday morning, Johnson treated 12 kids from children’s protective services — as well as some of their siblings — to a holiday shopping spree at his expense. USA Today reports this is the seventh straight year the 32-year-old receiver has funded the event.

This year’s shopping spree took place at a Toys “R” Us in Houston. The children had 80 seconds to grab everything they could — the specified amount of time representing Johnson’s jersey number for the Texans.

When it was all said and done, the bill for the kids’ shopping trip came to $17,352, and the six-time Pro Bowler was there to pick up the tab.

“It’s the holiday season. It’s the time for giving,” Johnson told Texans TV. “People that know me know I have a big heart, and I like to give back and help people out. That’s just why I do what I do.”

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