Philadelphia Eagles’ Running Back Brian Westbrook will host holiday celebration for less fortunate children and at-risk youth Monday, December 21, 2009 from 6-7pm.

PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 15, 2009)—Thanks to the generosity of Philadelphia Eagles’ Running Back Brian Westbrook, some of Philadelphia’s neediest children will enjoy gifts they may not otherwise receive this holiday season. The player will be on-hand to personally distribute the toys on Monday, December 21st, 2009 at the Star Harbor Senior Center which is located on 4700 Springfield Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19143 from 6-7pm.

Helping others is nothing new for Westbrook. For several years he has provided Thanksgiving meals and other support to those in need in the Philadelphia area. In this philanthropic effort Westbrook seeks to touch the lives of families who often struggle day-to-day to keep food on the table, a roof above their heads and come under great stress during the holiday season. With rising energy costs and a slow economy, it means that more people than ever will be depending on the generosity of others this year. Westbrook wants to make sure no family has to make the difficult decision between heating their home, putting a hot meal on the table, or providing a little joy to their children during the holidays. “In November, it was very humbling for me to participate in giving turkeys and other food to others for Thanksgiving. My hope is to inspire these kids and to let them know people care about them and that they can be and do anything they want in life,” Westbrook says. “I am so blessed to be in a position to share with others and to be a part of teaching the kids that it’s important to be involved in the community.”

“The Gift of Giving” During the holidays many disadvantaged children will not only go without gifts for themselves but will not be able to give even the smallest gift to someone else. These circumstances often lead to lower self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness. By helping these children experience “the gift of giving,” Westbrook aims to make their holidays a bit brighter and bolster their feelings of self-worth. In addition to toys for the kids, Westbrook will be providing gifts for the children’s loved ones. Children will be able to choose a gift for their loved one and wrap it during the holiday celebration. The children will enjoy a pizza party provided by Papa John’s and will have the opportunity to make their own holiday craft.

The children being hosted by Westbrook are those served by Rebuilding Together Philadelphia and Families are Victims Too.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Brian Westbrook will be available to the media from 5:45 – 6pm on December 21, 2009. Members of the media are welcome to stay and observe the holiday celebration as well.