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Saints and Verizon Team Up for Random Acts of Kindness

Posted Jun 12, 2012

By Matt Mendelson - The crew handed out gift cards and prizes at Chevron, Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Verizon and Magnolia School.

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The New Orleans Saints partnered with Verizon Wireless for the third annual “Random Acts of Kindness Tour” Tuesday afternoon.

Nine players, Saints’ Mascot Gumbo and Team Ambassador Michael Lewis were joined by Verizon and Saints staff members to perform random acts of kindness at multiple locations in the New Orleans area.

The Saints and players gave fans a heads up on where they would be stopping on their social media accounts.
 
The bus stopped at five different locations on its route - Chevron, The Magnolia School, Verizon Wireless, Wal-Mart and McDonald's. Players were able to greet fans, take pictures, deliver gift cards and sign autographs at each stop.
 
Participating players included: LB Jonathan Casillas, QB Chase Daniel, LS Justin Drescher, K Garrett Hartley, LB Will Herring, S Malcolm Jenkins, WR Lance Moore, P Thomas Morstead and WR Courtney Roby.

Staci Smith, Manager-Sponsorships & Events for Verizon, said they are always looking for ways to partner with the Saints in the community.

“It’s important to be a great corporate citizen,” said Smith. “The Saints are out in the community a lot and we like to support the community. It's a great opportunity to get the players out in front of the fans and do some goodwill.”

The first stop brought the bus to a Chevron station on Airline Drive. Fans were lined up down the street as the players arrived.

“The reception was awesome,” said Moore. “Most of the time, our fans only see us with our helmets on, so it is really great to get out and interact with them. They were excited to see us and that always puts a smile on our faces.”

The black and gold fans were extremely excited to see the players and even more excited to receive a free gas card from some of their hometown heroes.

Stop number two on the tour came at the Magnolia School. The Magnolia School is a non-profit organization that provides support to adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Verizon and the team brought supplies for the students.

President of The Magnolia School Digges Morgan welcomed and introduced the players to a tremendous ovation from the students.

“We really appreciate Verizon bringing the New Orleans Saints to Magnolia today,” said Morgan. “It is a dream come true to have the team come and be a part of our day. Thank you to Verizon, the Saints and the Saints players for bringing us a wonderful day at Magnolia.”

Next, the bus traveled to a Verizon Wireless store on Veterans Memorial Boulevard. The players met and interacted with fans and Verizon staff members.

The tour’s third visit took place at Wal-Mart on Veterans.

The players immediately split up once they entered Wal-Mart. Daniel and Hartley passed out gift cards in the produce section, while Lewis attended to customers in the electronics department.

The tour’s final stop came at McDonalds on Airline Drive. Verizon covered the bill for all incoming and drive-thru customers during the visit. While donning McDonald’s aprons and visors, Daniel and Hartley showed off their serving skills by providing free ice cream cones to everyone inside the restaurant.

At the windows, Roby and Morstead took the drive-thru orders while Moore teamed up with Lewis to distribute the food.

Even while leaving McDonald’s to close out the tour, the team couldn’t help but smile as the group of fans continued to grow.

“To see everybody’s smiling faces, it was a blessing,” said Daniel. “To give back to the greatest fans in the world is something we cherish.”

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