This past weekend in The News, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus opened up about everyone close to him dying. His father. His grandmother. His mother. His mentor. His friends. His little brother. The list continues to grow and Dareus fights the depression of those losses here in Western New York.
Playing football, 900 miles away, is therapeutic. Offers an escape. And the team's richest player has been making a point to give back, too.
This week, YMCA Buffalo Niagara announced that Dareus was teaming up with the William-Emslie YMCA (585 William Street, Buffalo) on Dec. 24 from 5-8 p.m. to give 150 kids in the Eastside community a Christmas gift. Children can also enter to win one of four signature gifts valued at more than $250 each, the YMCA said.
“We are looking to make an impact on the families that are under-served in our community ensuring that they have an enjoyable Christmas holiday,” said Danielle Roberts, the Executive Director of the William-Emslie Family YMCA.
The holiday event will include refreshments, a bounce house, music and holiday crafts.