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NFL player hosts big giveaway in Saginaw

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A Saginaw native left Michigan and made it big.  But he continues to give back here in Mid-Michigan, giving hundreds something to be thankful for.

As a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, it's LaMarr Woodley's job to knock players down. But when it comes to his hometown of Saginaw he's all about lifting people up. "I always told myself when I was younger, if I'm ever in a situation, I wanted to come back and give back and that's what I'm doing today," said Woodley.

Tuesday Woodley and his foundation gave away 500 gift boxes at the Civitan Recreation Center. Those who received the household items, including paper plates and paper towels, say they can now scratch some items off their Thanksgiving shopping list. "Money is short and every little bit helps. Everybody needs some help every now and again and I really really appreciate it," said Yolanda Gill.

When Woodley comes home, he says he can tell a lot of people are facing tough times. He wants them to know he genuinely cares about Saginaw and those who live here. "Jobs are going away, so people are suffering a little bit more. But, one day we're going to get back going where we need to be," Woodley commented.

He could have just written a check. Instead, Woodley hung out, carried boxes and even showed off his dancing skills. "I wanted to come here, not just do an event, but come back so people could see my face. Because some people only see me on TV. They don't think I'm human and I live here."

And the community appreciates his efforts. "He loves Saginaw and he shows it. He always comes back to the community and we just love him for that," said Gill.

Students from Saginaw High School's National Honor Society volunteered their time by packing the boxes and carrying them to people's cars. Woodley is a graduate of Saginaw High.

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