Washington Capitals players Karl Alzner, John Carlson, Eric Fehr and Mike Green spread cheer over the weekend as they all “adopted” local families in the Washington Highlands neighborhood of Washington, D.C., for the holidays. Eric and Rachel Fehr began their Christmas festivities by delivering presents to Phyllis and her seven-year-old son Derrick on Christmas Eve. The Fehrs shopped for the mother and son, buying items from their wish lists including bunk beds, wrestling figures and a remote-controlled helicopter and clothing for Derrick and Bath & Body Works products for Phyllis. The Fehrs also gave the family a dresser set and clothing. Derrick, Rachel and Eric set up the new bedding and the dresser before braving the cold to play with the helicopter. Before leaving, the Fehrs invited the family to an upcoming Caps game. Phyllis and Derrick had watched their first-ever hockey game the night before, in anticipation of the visit from Eric, and are looking forward to see Eric play hockey in person.
On Christmas Day, Alzner started his holiday by delivering the presents that he and Carlson had bought to Marlene and her five grandchildren, Wesley, Makalya, Damihaya, William and Da’Jay. The family was excited to meet Alzner and welcomed him by singing Silent Night. Alzner passed out presents to each of the children and Marlene. He and Carlson bought the family clothing, coats and toys, including Dora items for the girls and wrestling action figures for the boys. Before heading home to spend Christmas with his fiancée and teammates, Karl played in the courtyard with the children.
Mike Green, who has adopted families for the past four Christmases, also made a special delivery on Christmas Day. Joined by his parents, Dave and Kate, Mike ventured out with a carload of presents to meet Tiffany and her five children, Beandre, Saebian, Tristain, Rashad and Alana. There was a lot of excitement as the children and mother opened their presents. Mike provided Spiderman, Batman and WWE action figures and a remote control car for Beandre, Saebian, Tristain and Rashad and a set of Disney princesses for Alana. Tiffany received the iPod she wanted along with a gift card. Mike also provided clothes, coats and shoes for each child. Before leaving to have Christmas dinner with his family, Mike and his parents helped open all the toys and tested them out with the kids. Mike invited the family to come to an upcoming game, where they will be able to watch Mike and his teammates play from his Green’s Gang section.
The Capitals players worked through the Washington Wizards’ “Family-to-Family” program to identify families in need to “adopt” in the D.C. area. The Caps players personally selected the families they shopped for and visited with.