LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Louisville native and current NFL player C.J. Spillman gave back to the community in a big way after providing Christmas dinner for 80 families.
Spillman donated $5,000 to buy dinners made by Kroger through the 1+1=U organization, the organization responsible for putting him on the right path leading him to the NFL.
“It warms my heart because he was the first person I started with. And for him to give back, I always asked him, I said I’ll never ask you for money but I will ask you to give back your time for this organization to come back and help another kid like himself get it together so they can be successful in whatever they were created to be,” Margaret Demaree, founder of the 1+1=U organization said.
25 gift cards to Toys R Us, loaded with $200, were also handed out during the event.
Spillman was a 2004 graduate of Louisville Central High School and currently plays for the San Francisco 49ers.
1+1=U helps African-American youth transition into positive environments and to help keep them off the street.