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This Christmas, Cleveland Cavaliers Player and Houston Native Daniel Gibson Delivered Christmas Cheer to his Childhood Neighborhood of South Park in Houston   

December 24, 2012 - The Salvation Army

Houston native Daniel Gibson.

This week, Houston native and Cleveland Cavaliers player Daniel Gibson made Christmas Eve extra special for 126 local children from his childhood neighborhood in south Houston.  The professional basketball player partnered with The Salvation Army to cover the cost of providing gifts to all the children from his old neighborhood of South Park who had registered for Christmas assistance from the nonprofit. In total Gibson donated $6300 to The Salvation Army. 

“I feel as though where I was raised made me the man I am today,” said Daniel Gibson.  “I promised myself if I was blessed enough to be able to give and help those in need, I would.  Putting a smile on their face is the least I can do."

This year, some 30,000 local children and seniors registered to receive new unwrapped gifts from The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command before Christmas Eve. 

“We rely on the generosity of the Greater Houston region to help us meet the growing needs of our community,” said Major Chris Flanagan, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command.  “When Daniel contacted us and told us why he wanted to adopt his old neighborhood we were humbled and very grateful.  It is because of individuals like him that we are able to continue serving more children and seniors every year.”   

About The Salvation Army

In this community since 1889, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command serves Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties through youth programs, shelter, disaster relief, counseling, senior programs and rehabilitation. The mission of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is to meet human needs without discrimination. Each year over 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army. About 88.4 cents of every dollar raised locally is used to support those services in Houston and at close to 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information about The Salvation Army, please visit www.salvationarmyhouston.org. 

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