HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — Despite being sidelined this year with an injury, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Harrison Phillips has been busy helping the Western New York community. Monday, he was at Ilio Dipaolo's in Blasdell with his ‘playmaker pals.’ It's a group of kids with developmental differences and special needs.
The get together with about a dozen families was a fun Christmas party. But, it was more than that.
Phillips and his ‘playmaker pups’ gathered new toys for sick children. The tables of toys they collected are heading to High Point, which is a part of Kaleida Health. Kids there will be in the hospital this Christmas.
“The way I envisioned this working was we were going to get a Christmas list from the hospital and I was going to go out and buy all these Christmas gifts and buy shopping carts full of presents,” said Phillips.
But, that's not how things went. He called on his ‘playmaker pups’ and their families to help. And help they did. “We told our ‘playmaker pups,’ ‘hey, if you and your family want to buy a Christmas toy or anything to help sponsor us, feel free,’ and sure enough, we got more than enough toys,” said Phillips.
Harrison Phillips will deliver the toys on Tuesday.