Center Maurkice Pouncey made Christmas brighter for kids when he hosted the Jingle Bell Blitz on Friday night. His Team Pouncey 2 of a Kind Foundation partnered with the Father Ryan Arts Center of Focus On Renewal to provide toys to kids in the McKees Rocks area.
“It’s an opportunity for us to give back,” said Pouncey. “It’s awesome to see kids smile. We are so blessed, so the opportunity to give back is something I love.”
The evening included fun activities for families and kids, including cookie decorating, as well as singing Christmas carols.
The highlight, though, was the arrival of Santa Claus and Pouncey, who teamed up to pose for pictures and of course distribute the gifts.
“The holiday season can be a very difficult time for many of the families we serve,” said Pat Moran, Father Ryan Arts Center Director. “Hosting a gift-giving celebration is one of the ways in which we reach out to and support the children and families that we work with, and we are so fortunate and appreciative to partner with Maurkice Pouncey and everyone who supports our efforts to help make the holidays a little brighter for our neighborhood.”
Pouncey has been hosting the Jingle Bell Blitz for three years, and loves it more every time he takes part.
“You understand what Christmas is about and what it means and you enjoy seeing the smiles on kid’s faces,” said Pouncey.