Article courtesy of 49ers.com
Jeremy Kerley wanted to spread holiday cheer, and on Dec. 22, 2016 he achieved that goal at his “Shop with JK” event.
The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver hosted 35 kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area for a holiday shopping spree at Target. Kerley gave each kid a $100 gift certificate to pick out presents for the holidays.
Fellow receivers Torrey Smith and Rod Streater joined Kerley at his first charity event since joining the 49ers in August.
“It’s such a blessing to be able to do what I love for a living,” said Kerley. “Even more so in such a great city with an incredible fan base. I want to bless others. The holidays are always very special for my family, but also gives us an opportunity to help those in need and hopefully inspire some others to do what they can to help be a positive influence in their communities.”
Dawn Kruger, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters spoke highly of Kerley’s efforts to give back.
“Jeremy and his 49ers teammates are powerful role models, and they are creating a lifetime memory for kids who don’t have many opportunities like this,” said Kruger. “Our children come from low-income households, most being raised by a single parent or foster parent working multiple jobs, and this time of year can be especially challenging for them. We’re thrilled to give our kids this moment of holiday joy with their Big Brother or Big Sister alongside Jeremy Kerley and his 49ers teammates.”