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Rams players spread Christmas cheer in Ferguson

The same players who gave the ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ gesture duribng game, donate time and $10,000 to the town.

THE ST. LOUIS Rams players who did the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture treated residents of nearby Ferguson to some holiday cheer yesterday.

Tight end Jared Cook and wide receivers Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens donated $10,000 and participated in the inaugural holiday event co-sponsored by the St. Louis Urban League.

The players scoured racks of coats for kids, searching for the right sizes, and posed for photos and signed hundreds of autographs.

"We just want to give back to the community," Britt said. "Hopefully, this is not just a 1-year deal. Hopefully, we keep it going."


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