Michigan senior kicker Kenny Allen took his $315 spending spree at Best Buy and turned it into a generous gesture.

Michigan senior kicker Kenny Allen took his $315 spending spree at Best Buy and turned it into a generous gesture.

Although college football bowl season is in full swing, the holiday season continues to rage on.

While many are able to spend time off from work or school with family and a clean bill of health, others are far less fortunate.

With that in mind, Michigan senior kicker Kenny Allen took action. Preparing to take on Florida in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day Friday, the Wolverines were given several gifts for participating.

Included in the bundle was a $315 spending spree at Best Buy. Instead of loading up on an Xbox One or television for himself, Allen relied on the help of a friend to purchase several gifts for children in need.

"Peter Mortell, the punter at Minnesota, we've been to some camps together and we keep in touch," Allen said Sunday. 

"He did the same thing with his Best Buy gift card and he's doing great, he just raised about $25,000 to donate to Minnesota's children's hospital. Just at Christmas, I don't need anything so might as well do something worth while."

And Allen certainly is.

When the Wolverines make their way to Ann Arbor following the bowl Friday, Allen will come bearing gifts for a very familiar place, for several familiar faces.

"I think what I'm going to do is take it back to Mott Children's Hospital because we go visit there," he said. "We'll go make some visits."

As part of the gesture, Allen says he purchased 21, $10 iTunes gift cards and some headphones, adding everyone enjoys music of some sort.

Taking to social media to share the news of his holiday gift giving, Allen hopes, much like his friend Mortell, to continue a trend among student-athletes across the nation.

"Some people don't have it as well as we do so it's always nice to help out," he said. "The way I thought about it is I wouldn't have thought about it if I never saw Peter's tweet of what he did. 

"What he did by posting on social media kind of inspired me so I figured if I do it and post it someone else sees it and someone else gets inspired to do something for someone else.


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