The Anquan Boldin Foundation, Q81, took 75 underprivileged kids Christmas Shopping on Thursday

WEST PALM BEACH, Fl. - Thanks to the generosity of one local NFL star, nearly 100 kids will have a Christmas this year - even if it did come a few days early.

"It makes me feel real good to see some kid with a smile as big as a Christmas tree," said Anquan's mother, Brenda Banks.

Pahokee native, and current Baltimore Ravens wide receiver, Anquan Boldin, started his foundation, Q81, with the idea of expanding life opportunities for underprivileged youth.

"All the kids that don't get any toys for Christmas, he helps them get toys," said 9-year old, Qua Howard.

"Anquan jut loves kids," said Banks.  "He wants to see kids make it and be successful in life."

Boldin's foundation, which his mom and dad help run during the season, handed out $100 gift certificates to be used at the Wal-Mart located on 45th street in West Palm Beach.

On top of helping kids have a merry Christmas, this annual holiday shopping spree is also used to teach kids life lessons.

"Kids can learn budgeting," said Anquan's dad, Carl Boldin.  "They can learn the value of the dollar and they can learn to stretch their money."

Boldin has been nominated numerous times for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award which is given annually by the NFL to a player honoring his volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field.

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