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Lions notes: Watch the Staffords surprise family for Christmas

A family that lost their father got a wonderful holiday surprsie.

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The Stafford family has made Christmas an even more special time in Detroit. For the past few years, they’ve made it a tradition to surprise families in need with an appearance and a ton of gifts for the holiday season.

Kelly Stafford spends weeks hearing stories of families that have experienced some sort of tragedy or are in some sort of need. Then she and Matthew selects a handful to be surprised during the holidays with a visit. Last year, Matthew Stafford explained why the family does this and why it means so much to them.

“My mom was always kind of into (helping others),” Stafford said. “I learned the importance of it. There’s people out there that need help, you know?”

This has been a tradition over the past six or seven years, but this Christmas season, one of the Staffords’ surprises went viral, as he surprised a family that had recently lost their father. Here’s the moment of the surprise from the family’s point of view:

It’s a really cool moment to see kids in true shock as the franchise quarterback shows up unannounced and eventually plays Madden with them.

If you want to know more about this Stafford tradition, here’s a feature on it from last year:

  • Over the holidays, the Lions added a safety to their practice squad:

  • Stafford was not the only one giving back this holiday season, Devon Kennard teamed up with Foot Locker to give back to youth in Detroit:

  • For those hoping the Lions give Kyle Sloter a start, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell sure made it sound like they’re continuing with David Blough for the season finale against the Packers.

  • Merry Christmas, from the Slays:
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