John Wall Family Foundation Donates Backpacks to Raleigh Children
Wall gave backpacks to 1,000 children
The Salvation Army of Wake County partnered with the John Wall Family Foundation to host the foundation’s fifth annual backpack giveaway Aug. 18 at The Salvation Army of Wake County’s Community Center. Wall, a Raleigh native and five-time NBA All-Star with the Washington Wizards, was on hand to give backpacks to 1,000 children. The foundation also provided hotdogs and drinks for attendees.
“I’m more excited to see these kids than they are to see me because I never had an opportunity to meet a professional player or any star,” says Wall, who played high school basketball at Word of God. “I want to give back and spend time with the kids, and I enjoy every minute of it. This [Raleigh] is who made me, who John Wall is; otherwise, I wouldn’t be the person I am.”
The Salvation Army of Wake County and the John Wall Family Foundation have partnered numerous times over the last two years, with the foundation hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for families at The Salvation Army of Wake County Women and Children’s Shelter, where Wall’s mother personally prepares meals for the families. The John Wall Family Foundation also hosted a turkey giveaway last November at the community center. Learn more at salvationarmycarolinas.org.