Philadelphia Eagles’ Running Back Brian Westbrook will hosted a holiday celebration for less fortunate children and at-risk youth Monday, December 21st.

PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 17, 2009)—Thanks to the generosity of Philadelphia Eagles’ Running Back Brian Westbrook, some of Philadelphia’s neediest children enjoyed gifts they may not otherwise had received this holiday season. The player was on-hand to personally distribute the toys on Monday, December 21st, 2009.

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 sought 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 wanted to make sure no family had 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 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 aimed to make their holidays a bit brighter and bolster their feelings of self-worth. In addition to toys for the kids, Westbrook provided gifts for the children’s loved ones. Children were able to choose a gift for their loved one and wrap it during the holiday celebration. The children also enjoyed a pizza party provided by Papa John’s Pizza of the Philadelphia Area and will had the opportunity to decorate their own cupcakes.

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