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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Spotted: Shaq-o-Claus

Shaquille O'Neal made an appearance to a Toys 'R' Us store in Framingham, Mass., to buy Christmas presents for kids in need as part of a charitable partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.


From Jessica Camerato at CSNNE.com:
O'Neal donned a red Santa Claus hat and shopped around with members of the Marines. He also stopped to talk to fans along the way. Once he made his purchase, he helped load the toys into a military vehicle in the parking lot.
O'Neal hopes other public figures will also get involved in similar activities and provide toys for deserving children.
"My goal is get one big-time person in each state," he said. "Like me, I'm doing this here, New Jersey, Florida, and California. So there goes four states right there. So I just say we get Paul [Pierce] to take care of [California] and Kevin [Garnett] take care of Minnesota. My goal is to one day just have a guy take care of their own state and their own city."
O'Neal, who said his relationship with Toys for Tots dates to 1995, also told NESN that he plans to extend his yuletide cheer to that grandest of holiday traditions — taking a photo of your kids with Saint Nick. The Boston Globe's Celtics Blog recaps:
[O'Neal] said he's planning an appearance similar to his Harvard Square "Shaqtue" stunt last month, when he posed silently and expressionless and allowed fans to take photos with him.
"I"m honored to do stuff like the Shaq statue and stuff like that. Oh, coming soon, in a mall nearby, bring your kids to take a picture with Shaq-a-Claus," Shaq told reporter Uri Berenguer.

Here's the video:


Anonymous said...

Shaq is the best entertainer. But I love how he gives back to the community.