News Release: Washington Redskins And U.S. Marine Corps Bring Holiday Joy To PGCPS

News Release: Washington Redskins And U.S. Marine Corps Bring Holiday Joy To PGCPS

December 18, 2012
For Immediate Release
Office of Communications
LANDOVER, MD The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, the U.S. Marine Corps and Toys for Tots invited approximately 1,100 students from around the Washington D.C. metropolitan area to participate in the “Skins Santa Shoppe”.  

“It was great to see everyone come together and provide a little bit of happiness for the kids,” said Lorenzo Alexander, Linebacker for the Washington Redskins. “People look up to us in the community, so its great that we could take the day off and serve others.”

The “Skins Santa Shoppe” is apart of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s “Season of Giving” campaign initiative that gives back to the community throughout the holiday season.

"This makes the second year our students were invited to this wonderful event," said Niki Brown, Principal at Mary Harris Elementary School. "Most of my children that are here today, their parents cannot really afford to provide them with gifts during Christmas. This event is a great opportunity for students to not only have a Christmas gift but to also visit a place they’ve never been before.”

Once students arrived, they were escorted to "Santa's Toy Shoppe", which took over the Redskins’ locker room and was filled with toys for all ages.

Matthew Astorga, a 2nd grader at Mary Harris Elementary School, surprised players with a gift that he made before attending the event.

"I created a paper football necklace for the players," said Astorga. "I made it as a way to say thank you."

Before students left to return to school, they took a group photograph with Santa Claus, The Washington Redskins players and cheerleaders, The Hogettes, Miss District of Columbia and the U.S. Marines.

“It was great that our high school could volunteer during today’s event and see the joy on the kids faces.” said Pamera Brown, a junior at Central High School.

Prince George’s County Public Schools that attended include: Bladensburg Elementary School, Dodge Park Elementary School, Glassmanor Elementary School, Mary Harris “Mother” Jones Elementary School, Rosa L. Parks Elementary School, Seat Pleasant Elementary School and Templeton Elementary School.

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The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, the non-profit philanthropic arm of the team, combines the influence and popularity of the Washington Redskins with the resources and assets of area corporations. Founded by owner Daniel M. Snyder, the Charitable Foundation is guided by its Leadership Council that consists of CEOs who help shape and define the philanthropic efforts of the Redskins to achieve a measurable impact on youth development in the areas of education, community outreach and health and wellness. Visit and click on Community for more information.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not for profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its 64th year, Toys for Tots provides joy and a message of hope to less fortunate children through the gift of a new toy or book during the holiday season.  Our gifts offer these children hope, recognition, and a positive memory they will cherish for a lifetime. Many of the books, games, and sports equipment that we provide as gifts make a significant contribution to the educational, social and recreational development of these children.   In 2010, Marines distributed 16.7 million donated toys to more than 7.2 children who might not have otherwise experienced the magic of the Christmas holiday season. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation relies on individual donations from the American public as well as support from corporate sponsors. For more information, visit

Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring three Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins


Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.