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Former NFL player Raheem Brock spreads holiday cheer

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Reminding us all that Christmas is about the spirit of giving, former NFL defensive end Raheem Brock, set out to surprise select families within the Philadelphia community to fulfill their child’s wish list.
Brock’s foundation, The Raheem Brock Foundation, partnered with the Mayor’s office, Councilwoman Cindy Bass and the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) to select the families and make this wonderful project come to reality.
The process wasn’t easy but together families facing all types of hardships such as disability and low income were surprised by a holiday bus, which was sponsored by Premier Luxury rentals, that housed Christmas gifts for the children. Brock, along with family, city officials, friends, and celebrities handed out the requested gifts. Former NFL Defensive tackle Hollis Thomas Jr., Boxer Bryant Jennings, and the dancers for the Philadelphia 76ers joined in on the fun. Not to be forgotten, the mother’s of the children were treated to spa packages with haircuts and styling for their children, courtesy of the Philly Fashion Week Founders. The Fraternal Order of Police are provided free meals for the identifying families, making this event truly an unforgettable experience.
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Brock is a former NFL defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, and Seattle Seahawks. The Philadelphia native, a member of the Temple Hall of Fame, was a member of the Super Bowl-winning Colts team in 2007.
No stranger to the community, Brock recently received the Sixers “Heroes Among Us” Award to commemorate his passion on making a positive impact on the lives of children in the Philadelphia Region. The award is a part of the 76ers Community Outreach Program.
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Founded by Brock in 2007, the Raheem Brock Foundation’s mission is to support youth in the Philadelphia area who are underprivileged to help them realize their full potential. By exposing children to a variety of programming focused on social, athletic, and academic development, they will be motivated to attain opportunities not always available to distressed areas. The foundation empowers the children with the mentality that the possibilities are endless, while reminding them to always give back.

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