This story particularly touches my heart because it takes place in my hometown – the wonderful City of Brotherly Love! The Philadelphia Phillies’ first baseman, Ryan Howard, announced that his foundation would provide $1.2 million in Adidas athletic gear to 61 schools within the Philadelphia School District.

This is going to make a huge impact, as the District had faced a $629 million budget gap that forced several layoffs and program cuts this year. Howard’s donation will help athletic programs in 57 local high schools and four middle schools.

On top of this, the Ryan Howard Family Foundation is providing turkeys, winter coats and school supplies to more than 500 struggling Philadelphia families this holiday. This man knows how to give a holiday gift!