Nets players Brook Lopez, Derrick Favors, Ben Uzoh, Quinton Ross, Stephen Graham, and Joe Smith gathered at Brooklyn Borough Hall for a holiday party, where they helped to distribute toys for children from five Salvation Army community centers in Brooklyn.
The toys were donated by the Barclays/Nets Community Alliance, which includes a partnership among Barclays, the Nets, and Forest City Ratner Companies. Presented by National Grid, a Nets sponsor, the holiday bash provided toys to children who otherwise might not have received any during the holiday season.
The event was also attended by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and representatives of The Salvation Army and National Grid.
"We really appreciate being part of such a meaningful event in Brooklyn and celebrating the holidays with the kids," said Lopez, the Nets star center. "We hope these toys bring a smile to their faces and we wish them the best this holiday season."
"Again this year, I am proud that our soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets are providing more than 1,100 toys for children," said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
In addition to the toys that were distributed at the event, the Barclays/Nets Community Alliance donated toys to Brooklyn youngsters at Salvation Army centers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Brownsville, Bay Ridge, and Sunset Park. The toys were on display at the Borough Hall event.
"There is no better gift than the light in a child's eyes when they receive a favorite toy," said Lt. Colonel Guy D. Klemanski, divisional commander for The Salvation Army Greater New York Division.