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Notes: Detroit Lions players give back to the community for the holidays

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The Staffords are just one family spreading some extra holiday cheer this season.

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One of the best things that goes largely unnoticed (or downright ignored) by sports fans is the good that athletes do with their large platform and vast resources. Being a professional athlete provides individuals the opportunity to make a real difference in their local communities and change lives of strangers for the better.

This is extremely evident during the holidays, when charitable efforts ramp up to spread some cheer to those that could use the extra winter boost. This year is no exception, as several Lions players have been involved in really cool programs this week.

First, Glover Quin, Marvin Jones Jr. and Devon Kennard helped deliver gifts to a local middle school:

Then there’s Matthew Stafford. Drawing back on his days as a kid in which his family would deliver Meals on Wheels during Thanksgiving, he and his wife Kelly have developed a yearly tradition that has grown since arriving in Detroit. They find a family in need and personally deliver a ton of gifts to them. This year, they’re helping out three different families and an individual in need. Kyle Meinke of MLive has more on the story:

And even our old friend Golden Tate and his wife Elise are doing something pretty cool for the holidays (and in honor of their soon-to-be second born child):

  • Damon Harrison Sr. may never be a Pro Bowler, but he has been one of the most influential run defenders in the six years:

  • The Lions defense doesn’t blitz very often...

... but it’s easy to see why:

  • ATTENTION PROCRASTINATING CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS: