Minnesota Vikings safety Camryn Bynum and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Drake Jackson partnered with Kohls to host a shopping spree for 60 youth from Boys and Girls Club of Great Redlands-Riverside.
Each child received a $150 gift card and a backpack stuffed with school supplies. Bynum and Jackson were unable to attend the event so they solicit volunteers from their foundation’s committees. Bynum has the Bynum Faith Foundation and Jackson founded the 99 Problems Foundation.
During the shopping spree, the youth received a free lunch from Chick-fil-A along with t-shirts, an NFL charm bracelets, and Gatorade bottles. Sponsors of this event included A Storage Place, iHerb, and E Clips USA.
“Just knowing that a big corporation, a big store like [Kohls] is willing to help especially that’s a store, as a kid, you shop there a lot,” Bynum said. “All the sponsors and everybody that was involved to be able to just donate and not expect anything in return was such a blessing because they know how big that is for each of the families there.”
Both Jackson and Bynum are natives of Corona, CA; they have known each other since Jackson was in middle school.
“All of our people coming together and our two foundations coming together in our hometown was huge for us,” Bynum said. “Having I think 89 volunteers that were able to help the people, the underprivileged and the foster care kids that were able to come to the event. Doing that in our hometown was so huge.”
Bynum grew up with a mind for service as he watched his mom cook dinners and create fundraisers for his high school football team. He also did work for the foundation of his wife Lalaine’s church, the New Life Community Care Foundation in the Philippines.
“After doing a lot of work with them … we’re like we need to continue to do this and make our own foundation but also make a foundation in the [United] States too,” Bynum said. “We can make our own foundation so we can be able to do it in the Philippines and also in the U.S.”