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NFL star JuJu Smith-Schuster covers nearly $10,000 in layaway balances at a Kansas City store

JuJu Smith-Schuster, wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs, got into the holiday spirit this week by donating nearly $10,000 toward customers’ layaway balances at a local Burlington store.

The 26-year-old helped a number of families with the costs of their Christmas gifts through his charity, the JuJu Foundation.

in a video Posted by her foundation on Tuesday, Smith-Schuster recalled a childhood vacation when she didn’t receive any gifts.

“I was once in his position. There were times, you know, years, I didn’t get gifts. There were years where I had to share gifts,” the NFL star said.

“To know what it feels like to be in his shoes at a young age and what it’s like now, to know that I can give back, it’s really cool,” he added.

While this was the JuJu Foundation’s first event in Kansas City, Missouri since Smith-Schuster signed with the team last offseason after spending five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, it’s not his first charity.

The University of Southern California alumnus said he has always enjoyed giving back to the communities he’s been a part of, including Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. Monday’s event was his way of supporting the people who show up for him and his team each week, he said.

“These people are die-hard fans, they support us every Sunday, every game we play,” Smith-Schuster said. “It’s nice to have the opportunity to be a good role model for these kids and give back to the community.”

What does Smith-Schuster want for Christmas?

“I came here to win the Super Bowl,” he said. “That’s my Christmas wish.”

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