A group of underprivileged children in Texas received an early Christmas surprise with the help of some of the players from the National Football League's Houston Texans.
Thirty children from the Houston YMCA Boys and Girls Club were delighted when they discovered the pro football players were personally taking them on a private shopping spree at the Academy Sports and Outdoors Store in Houston.
Each child was given a $100 gift card to purchase Christmas gifts of their choice.
"This is just a good time to spend with the kids, take them out and shop - you know - have fun with them," Texans cornerback Sherrick McManis said.
"Some of them are getting a little carried away," linebacker Isaiah Greenhouse said. "The good thing with girls is they know what they want."
"I'm about to start controlling them with the budget," he added. "Some of them are going a little bit overboard."
Most of the children also picked up a football as part of their purchases.
The Dec. 8 shopping spree was part of the "Shop with a Texan" event held each year by the store.
"Some of them might not get anything for Christmas," the YMCA's Ronald Polk said. "This might be the only thing, you know. It means a lot to the kids."