Seahawks defensive linemen take 100 kids on holiday shopping trip



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Posted on December 17, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 12:21 PM

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks defensive line usually tries to take things away.  Things like forward progress, touchdowns and footballs.  Monday night, they gave back, paying for a holiday shopping trip for 100 Boys and Girls Club children.

"It really is a blessing.  That's the only way I can put it," said Seahawks Defensive End Greg Scruggs, "I wouldn't trade this for the world."

Scruggs himself had a difficult upbringing, so the ability to give other struggling families a chance to have gifts for the holidays was an honor.

"I just paid for five kids' Christmas presents," he said smiling.

At around 6 p.m., children from Renton Skyway Boys and Girls Club and the Southwest Club pulled up to the Tukwila Toys 'R' Us, many surprised to see Seahawks waiting inside.

One of the families was that of Dolores Butler, a grandmother suddenly thrust into taking care of her five grandchildren.

"I inherited the kids because their dad was murdered," recounted Butler, "This is my first outing since all of this has taken place."

Butler's son Jerry was shot and killed December 1st at home.  His wife, Vanetta Richardson has been charged with second degree murder.

The pair's children witnessed the incident.

"It's a very emotional thing that these kids have gone through," said Butler, "All I can do is give them as much love and attention as I can."

Denzel Richardson, one of Butler's grandchildren, just went back to school Monday.

"I didn't want to do anything else but come here," he said, while waiting to buy a video game, "If I didn't come here, I wouldn't talk to anybody for a long time."

Coming to the toy store opened Denzel and his grandmother's eyes and emotions.  Dolores, known as Mama Dee by her family, called the visit a trip "to Santa's house."

"Merry Christmas," she told a Seahawks player as she left the store, "See you at the Super Bowl."