Dak The Halls: Cowboys Spread Holiday Cheer

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The Dallas Cowboys have never been shy about giving back to the community. This is particularly true during the holiday season. Jerry Jones’ season of giving actually begins at halftime of the annual Thanksgiving game. During halftime of the game, the organization partners with The Salvation Army to kick off the Red Kettle Campaign.

The game’s halftime performance is dedicated to the Campaign, and the platform that Dallas hold draws millions of eyeballs on The Salvation Army. This venture has been so successful, that since 1997 when the partnership launched, Dallas has helped raise over $2 billion reaching 500 million people. 

Mr. Jones is not the only member of the Jones family that enjoys giving back. His wife, Gene Jones has organized the Cowboys annual December trip to local children’s hospitals for the last 29 years. Even more remarkable than the longevity of the act, is its participation. Every year, the entire Dallas roster attends these hospital visits. Every single player.

During the trip, the team traditionally will visit four different hospitals. While visiting with children receiving treatment, players will give each child a toy and a special Cowboys game sock. The sock is in lieu of a traditional Christmas stocking. The game sock is filled with a copious amount of Cowboys-related items.

Dallas participating in these programs as a group has fostered many players to do even more for the community on their own. Second-year quarterback Dak Prescott is one of those players.

After leading Dallas to a victory over the Oakland Raiders Sunday night, Prescott was out delivering groceries the next day. Yes, you read that right, delivering groceries. Teaming with local supermarket Albertson’s, Dak was on his way to surprise a few lucky contest winners. In addition to receiving free groceries, winners would also get an autographed jersey.

However, one delivery in particular actually caught Prescott off guard. When one woman came to the door wearing a Green Bay Packers shirt, things got awkward for a brief second. But Prescott was able to make light of the situation before posing for pictures and offering one last shot at the Packers. Check out the whole trip below courtesy of CBSDFW.

While Prescott is far from the only player to give back during the holiday season, and frankly year around, he is the latest example of the Cowboys organization as a whole remaining invested in the community and its well being.

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