Throughout the 2021 season, Bobby Wagner has opened his weekly press conference by talking about something important to him that is unrelated to football. Sometimes it's as simple as discussing a book he finds important, while other times it's talking about a business or nonprofit organization he believes in.
On Wednesday, Wagner used his time at the podium to talk about an upcoming philanthropic undertaking he's involved with, which will provide Halloween costumes to approximately 200 children, as well as food donations.
"Getting into a little bit of the holiday spirit, I decided to team up with a program called Head Start," Wagner said. "We're going to offer about 200 kids the opportunity to buy some Halloween costumes. I remember when I was a kid, and I wanted to dress up as my favorite person or superhero, I know there's some families out there struggling, so I wanted to find a way to provide opportunity for them, if they would like to take advantage, to buy a costume."
And since not everyone celebrates Halloween, Wagner also plans to donate food this week, saying those interested can keep an eye on his Instagram account for more details. Partnering with the Seattle School District's Head Start program, Wagner said there will be five Seattle locations where people can come to receive costumes or food.
"I also understand that not everybody celebrates this holiday, so also this Sunday as well as the costumes, I'll be giving out some food for those who want to come and enjoy some food, or see if they have some good costumes," he said. "I think it'd be fun and interesting."
Wagner is generally a very private person when it comes to his life off the field—two years ago he showed up at a Seattle Safeway unannounced before Thanksgiving and paid for people’s groceries, a gesture that only became public after the fact when shoppers tipped off the media—but he's making this public not for any positive attention that might come his way, but because he knows with the platform he has, doing this might encourage others to step up during the holiday season as well.
"I think the main reason for this is because, as we get into the holidays, I think it's important to really focus on how you can apply random acts of kindness into your life," Wagner said. "This is my personal way of trying to do it, but I also feel that people have many other ways to do it. So this is my version; I encourage people to try to figure out what their version of what random acts of kindness look like."
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