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Redskins take underprivileged kids on a shopping spree

With two days left in the offseason, Washington Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and a handful of his teammates spent Tuesday morning giving back to underprivileged youngsters in Northern Virginia during a back-to-school shopping trip.

Working in conjunction with his ACES Foundation and the Target in Sterling’s “Big Play Back-to-School Giveaway,” Alexander & Co. gave 70 students from the In Between The Lines Foundation $100 gift cards.

The students then were divided into groups led by Alexander, linebacker Chris Wilson, receivers Anthony Armstrong, Terrence Austin and Brandon Banks, defensive end Kedric Golston, linebacker Bryan Kehl, kicker Graham Gano and tight end Logan Paulsen and spent about 45 minutes shopping for school supplies.

“We had a blast,” said Alexander, who then took the children to lunch at the Don’s Pizza in Sterling. “The kids are always so appreciative. It just feels good to be able to help them get things they didn’t have the means to get for themselves.

“I grew up in Oakland, single parent home and saw my mom struggle to make ends meet,” he added. “Now, I’m blessed to be able to play in the NFL and have the resources to help.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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