SALISBURY, Md. - Snow Hill's own Ben Tate has made it big in the NFL as a running back for the Houston Texans. But that does not stop him from giving back to his community on Delmarva. The Ben Tate Foundation held its first Christmas giveaway on Monday for 17 needy families this holiday season.
While Tate could not be at the event himself, the love for his community was still felt. A Christmas feast was enjoyed by everyone in attendance and then gifts were handed out. Children left with their arms full of toys and smiles on their faces.
The "In the Door with 44" Ben Tate Foundation Christmas Giveaway provided 17 families in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties with the gifts they needed to have a Merry Christmas.
"Although he is accomplished and he is in the NFL, he wants to make sure that he gives back to the area where he came from. So, he definitely hasn't forgot about the people here and he actually wants to make an impact with the youth and give back to them," said Shytina Drummond, the public relations director for the Ben Tate Foundation.
Despite not being able to make the event in person, Tate did Skype with the party to say hello with everyone receiving gifts. He told the party that he wished he could have been on hand to deliver the presents himself. The families who were helped could not have been more appreciative.
"I didn't know what I was expecting. I was asked to come here and was told it was a surprise and indeed it is a surprise and I just don't have words right now," said Denine Lewis of Salisbury.
Tate plans to continue his charitable work in his old community this spring with his second free football camp for kids on Delmarva.