A Special NBA Holiday Helpings

Chris McCullough of the Washington Wizards visited Bread for the City’s SE Center last week, where he volunteered at its Food Pantry. After handing out food bags, he had quality time with clients and staff, taking pictures and chatting, proving that he really is such a good sport! We interviewed Chris to hear his thoughts on giving back, volunteering, and what he enjoys most about the holiday season.

How did you find out about Bread?

Through my manager, he told me about it. I did some research about the organization, and I really was impressed by the work they do, so I decided to come here and support the food program by handing out food bags to your clients.

Why do you think it’s important to give back to society?

I think it’s a necessary thing to do. I have been doing it since I was really young back in the Bronx, and now that I am in DC, I keep on doing it.

Why do you enjoy the most about volunteer?

Just giving back, putting smiles on people’s faces. The connection with people, the engagement with the community, basically. The fact that I get to come here, giving food to citizens that need it, and in the meantime, I get to take pictures with them and make them laugh and have a good time, that really makes me feel happy and proud.

What would you say to other athletes or public persons to get to volunteer?

That they should go out there to their communities and do things, wherever you are, whatever city you are in the world, you should go out and help, because that’s the people that support you. Especially if you are an athlete, they have your back in every single game, or whatever you do as a public person, these people are there for you no matter what.It’s really good to give back and to show them your gratitude.

Finally, how will Chris spend these Holidays?

I eat well on the holidays. I honestly really enjoy these days, it makes me feel really humble. I try to be as thankful as I can, for what I get to do, and especially for opportunities like this right now, that allows me to reach out to more people, and really make a bond with my community.

*This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

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