Clippers' superstar Chris Paul teamed up with comedian Kevin Hart to take 500 kids on a shopping spree for the holidays -- but there was a catch: the kids had to buy at least one gift for someone else, pay-it-forward style.
The NBA superstar best known as CP3 wore a Santa hat as he joined 500 kids in need for a shopping spree at Target. The LA Clipper, along with actor and comedian Kevin Hart, gave each child $100 to spend, but since this is the season of giving, one of the gifts had to be for someone other than themselves.
"Obviously they're kids and they're excited to be in the store but just to get it in their mind to think about somebody else is very important," Paul said.
This is the third year Paul and comedian Kevin Hart have teamed up for a holiday giveaway. The kids came from several organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs at Nickerson Gardens and Watts Willowbrook, as well as LA's BEST after-school program and the Brotherhood Crusade.
"I was really happy because I was able to get a lot of presents for my family. I was able to get presents for my cousins and newborn baby brother that's coming in January," Cemary Chavez, 10, said.
Paul said he credits his parents for instilling in him at a very young age the importance of giving back. He hopes the children here today continue to pay it forward.
"I think it was a brilliant idea because people get us something for Christmas so now you have to get them something because that's called love; you got to share love with each other," Deon Oden, 12, said.