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HOUSTON - Seven-time NBA All Star and Houston Rockets Center Dwight Howard visited the Salvation Army Family Residence in downtown Houston Sunday, December 22, 2013, to spread holiday cheer.
"I think leaving a footprint in the community means much more than just playing basketball," said Howard.
Howard served food from The Breakfast Klub to the families and distributed gifts to the children and their parents.
"I want to be here for our community and let them know I m just not here for basketball," said Howard.
Howard started the D12 Foundation to plant seeds, cultivate them and watch them grow. The support in the Houston community was definitely felt on Sunday morning.
The children's faces lit up with joy as Howard handed them their presents. He even made one special boy his little helper for the day. He nicknamed him Jack Frost.
"That's a pretty cool kid," said Howard.
Howard told the crowd that he didn't have many opportunities growing up to meet professional basketball players and this event meant a lot to him.
"Any time I have an opportunity to give back or be a role model for a kid, I take full advantage of it," said Howard. "I'm happy to be here in Houston, happy to play basketball and happy to give back."