ARLINGTON, Va. –
Defenseman Mike Green
visited the Gholson family – grandmother Carolyn Alston, mother Amanda Gholson, son Bilal Gholson and daughter Naimah Gholson in Washington, D.C., on Christmas Day, delivering clothing and toys to 12-year-old Bilal and his sister Naimah, 11, while also bringing the grandmother and mother gift certificates.
“This is an experience we will never forget,” said grandmother Carolyn Alston. “This is truly a Christmas miracle.”
Green connected with the family through Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities Family EMPOWERment Center, which was created to advance the individual and collective interests of people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities in Washington, D.C. They work in partnership with advocates, families and other stakeholders to promote positive change in support and services. Their vision is for a community that affords individuals with disabilities access to high quality, person-centered services and supports, regardless of the type, extent or severity of their needs.
“This was truly something special, to see the children’s faces opening up their presents on Christmas Day, it just doesn’t get better than that,” said Green. “It was fun spending time playing with the children, listening to music and playing basketball. This was something I won’t forget.”
|Mike Green watches 12-year-old Bilal Gholson play with a Nintendo DS that Green gave Gholson for Christmas. |