Champ Bailey and several of his teammates dedicated their time to give back to the community with a visit to The Crossing, a transitional housing facility, on Tuesday evening.
The Crossing is a clean and safe residential community providing long-term rehabilitation and transitional housing to individuals and families who desire to achieve a life of self-sufficiency and community contribution.
Bailey, who has been involved with The Crossing since early in his Broncos career, brought along many of his Broncos teammates, including Rahim Moore, Demaryius Thomas, Marcus Thomas and Wesley Woodyard, to the annual holiday event.
Tenants of the Crossing enjoyed a traditional holiday dinner, gift bags and a chance to mingle with Broncos players, who happily signed autographs and posed for pictures with the families.
“A lot of things (drew me to The Crossing),” Bailey said at the event. “The first time I came here, I just liked the feel of it. I liked what they were doing with transitional homes for people trying to get back out on their feet.”
Bailey credited his grandmother for imparting the values of helping others on him as a child.
“It’s a positive message and I wanted to be a part of that,” Bailey said. “My grandma had to do with that – she took in a lot of people back in her time when she could. She didn’t have much, but she gave everyone what she had to make sure everybody was fine. I just wanted to be a part of something like that.”
The cause hit home for Demaryius Thomas, who looked back to his own experiences growing up.
“I just wanted to go meet them because when I was growing up as a little kid, I was moving around from home to home, but I was never in a home like this,” Thomas said. “When I was coming up as a kid, I just wish I had stuff like this and that people would come see me – like football players – get fed and get gifts like this. I was blessed to be in a home when I got into high school, but I like coming back to give support and to hang around with these kids.”
Thomas and the children at the facility hit it off while decorating gingerbread men after dinner. He tweeted about how much fun he was having with the kids along with this picture of his orange and blue colored gingerbread man:
Bailey said that he enjoyed taking the time to give back to those who are in need of some help to get back on their feet, especially around the holiday time.
“We’ve been blessed and what better way to give back than coming out here and spending time with these people and making sure they’re okay this time of the year,” Bailey said. “We’re fortunate (as football players) there are a lot more unfortunate people and the more we give back, the more people that have been fortunate in their lifetime, the better we’ll all be.”
For more information on The Crossing, visit its website.
Click here for a photo gallery of the event.