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The Bengals Are Giving The Gift Of Generosity This Holiday Season

As many give thanks to kick off the holiday season, some Bengals give a little more.

NFL players have been making a positive impact on their hometowns and team cities leading into the holiday season, the Bengals included.

There are several heartwarming stories to be told, as many Bengals give time and money to causes and efforts.

Some Bengals, such as Andy Dalton and Andrew Whitworth, and head coach Marvin Lewis, dedicate time and money to such causes through their own foundations.

With that in mind, here are a couple items that the NFLPA helped publicize in its weekly media release.

Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry's generosity has taken full bloom with Thanksgiving, and with Christmas around the corner. The Bengals player decided to help out at the Freestore Food Bank on Tuesday, but he already put his money where his mouth is in terms of giving the day before. Gilberry provided a random act of generosity Monday when he bought a family a Playstation 4 console along with various games.

"To whom much is given, much is expected," Gilberry tweeted Tuesday.

According to a report, Angelica Yeager, her husband and five kids were shopping at Target, when, according to Yeager, Gilberry walked up to her husband and said, "I want to bless you and your family tonight." The gaming system had been on one of their children's Christmas list, and Yeager says no matter what Gilberry's has seven new fans for life. “We’re definitely ordering his jersey now. He’s got life-long fans,” Yeager said.

Another shopper snapped a picture of the encounter and posted it to Instagram with a caption that read: "Just watched Wallace Gilberry of the @cincinnati_bengals buy a young family with a bunch of boys a ps4 and bunch of games at target tonight. The kids and dad were going crazy and the mom was in tears. I was big fan of him before but I'm a even bigger fan now. What a stand up dude. #wallacegilberry #whodey"

Elsewhere, former Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still, father of Leah Still, a cancer survivor who sparked a national outpouring of sympathy, stopped by Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children on Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware. He was spending time at a familiar place trying to bring joy to kids as they recover from cancer and traumatic injuries.

Still signed autographs (he signed one patient's cast) and gave kids advice about their sports-related injuries. Through his Still Strong Foundation, he donated 17 PlayStation 4 consoles and dozens of games to the hospital's Child Life Activity Center.

"(I) definitely try to come back here and give back to the families and the kids that are here, because I know exactly what they're going through," Still told local reporters. Leah was diagnosed and treated for pediatric cancer at Nemours.

Regarding his daughter, now 6, Still said: "She has maintenance therapy that she has to go through to make sure that she stays in remission. We see the light at the end of the tunnel, so we're almost there."


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