Shoppers wandering a San Antonio, Texas Walmart at 3 a.m. were likely in various stages of wakefulness. But those who were lucid – and NFL fans – likely noticed two of the league’s defensive players filling their carts with dozens of items.
Washington cornerback Josh Norman and Saints linebacker Demario Davis partnered with the Texas branch of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) to get and fill backpacks for children released from detention centers.
‘We’re here to save the world’
Norman and Davis have both been outspoken when it comes to issues of justice and equality, both here and abroad, and happily chronicled their shopping spree on social media.
“We’re here to save the world!,” Davis exclaimed as Norman recorded them in Walmart.
After filling an SUV to the brim with backpacks, the two met with children who had been released from a detention center after President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance policy led to over 2,000 children being taken from the parents.
They also brought 20 boxes of pizza when they met with children and families.
“I don’t care how much the world hates, I will always choose love,” Davis tweeted.
Dareus, whose late father was born and raised on the impoverished island, last year donated $25,000 to Hope for Haiti and this year donated $125,000 through his eponymous foundation.
The money will be used to build a three-classroom schoolhouse as well as help fund teachers’ salaries and school supplies.
“It is one thing to give money to something and hope for the best; it is quite something else to witness your efforts and see the gratitude and thankfulness of not just the children, but the whole community, for doing what you’re doing,” Dareus said, via jacksonville.com.
“To receive their blessings and hear their words of appreciation directly was something I could have never imagined several years ago. Their gratitude and happiness was overwhelming and showed me that what I am doing is going to have a tremendous impact on their lives.”
Josh Norman of the Washington Redskins
Josh Norman of the Washington Redskins
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 11: Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) leaves the field following their 27-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia, PA on December 11, 2016. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Nov 12, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) runs past Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) during the third quarter at FedEx Field. Minnesota Vikings defeated Washington Redskins 38-30. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 30: Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) reacts on the bench as time ticks off the clock during the final minutes of their loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 15: Josh Norman #24 of the Washington Redskins looks on during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field on October 15, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins won 26-24. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Dec 4, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) reacts with blood on his glove in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 11, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Redskins defensive back Josh Norman (24) shown on the field after the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Redskins 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 17: Cornerback Josh Norman #24 of the Washington Redskins reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at FedEx Field on December 17, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 02: NFL player for Washington Redskins, Josh Norman at Rolling Stone Live: Minneapolis presented by Mercedes-Benz and TIDAL. Produced in partnership with Talent Resources Sports on February 2, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Cassidy Sparrow/Getty Images for Rolling Stone)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 17: Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) lays a hard hit on Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams (33) during a match between the Washington Redskins and the Arizona Cardinals on December 17, 2017, at FedExField in Landover, MD. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 19:
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) walks off the field after losing the game between the Washington Redskins and the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, November 19, 2017. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Washington Redskins 34-31 in overtime. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: An injured Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) on the sidelines during the game between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, October 23, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 20: Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) talks with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) following the game on November 20, 2016, at FedExField in Landover, MD. where the Washington Redskins defeated the Green Bay Packers, 42-24. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 2, 2016: Cornerback Josh Norman #24 of the Washington Redskins walks off the field after a game against the Cleveland Browns on October 2, 2016 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Washington won 31-20. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)