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NFL Running Back Brings Christmas Spirit To Salisbury

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Ben Tate via Skype Ben Tate via Skype

SALISBURY, Md. - It appears Christmas has come early to 17 lucky families in need of a hot meal and presents.    

All from one local hero.

"Ben is a generous guy and although he is an NFL player and he's accomplished and settled, he definitely doesn't want to forget where he's from," said Shytina Drummond.    

That football player, Houston Texans running back Ben Tate.    

A former player at Stephen Decatur High, he's always looking for ways to give back to his hometown community.  His foundation, Ben Tate Foundation, is doing something very special for kids in need this holiday season.

"All their Christmas wishes are coming true," said Drummond, public relations director for the Ben Tate Foundation. "Everything they asked for is here in this building."

But, the kids don't know anything.

So, when Tate showed up via Skype with a surprise Christmas greeting, dozens of little faces lit up in awe.

"His family is wonderful and Ben Tate Jr. [Ben's father], for them to come up with this, this is great," said Darrell Corbin, a family friend and volunteer. "I think a lot of kids this year will be happy."

But the kids weren't the only ones shocked to open their presents and ride their brand-new bikes.

One mother, Denine Lewis started crying when she was told, "Oh it's beautiful, it's beautiful.  It's really.....overwhelming."

This was the foundation's first "In The Door With 44" Christmas Giveaway.  This past summer Tate's foundation hosted a community celebrity basketball game at Salisbury University.

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