Several at-risk teenagers came back from school Tuesday evening to the Gwinnett Children's Shelter to find their living space had been made completely new in the span of six hours, thanks to donations from Rooms To Go. A surprise appearance by several Atlanta Falcons helped cap the day off with a surprise many of the teens will not soon forget.
"When you see the kids come in, and their faces light up, they see an NFL player in their house, it's pretty awesome," said Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.
Weatherspoon recounted a time when, as a kid, he met one of his heroes in the NFL. The experience motivated him throughout middle and high school, and he said he hopes to pass along that same encouragement to some of the teens at the Gwinnett Children's Shelter.
"It's very important … to have somebody to be there for you, to look up to, and to help you along the way," said Weatherspoon. "I think that's the purpose we serve here today."
By the time he and three other Falcons teammates arrived at the shelter Tuesday afternoon, Rooms To Go had already delivered 22 new beds, night tables, and dressers, as well as 11 desks – one for each room. The new furniture was installed and arranged, free of charge, for the kids before they came home from school.
"Hopefully we can be an inspiration to the kids today," said Weatherspoon.
The surprise was revealed to the teens at 3 p.m., with the Falcons players and cheerleaders signing autographs for the teens.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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