Monday, December 23, 2019

Detroit Lions DE Trey Flowers helps bring holiday cheer with surprise visit to bring gifts to children

Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers and Methodist Children's Home Society CEO, Kevin Roach pose in front of gifts after unveiling them.

REDFORD TWP. -- Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers came bearing gifts this week with a surprise visit to the Methodist Children’s Home Society on Tuesday night.
“I guess I just kind of understand that kids don’t necessarily choose their environment that they’re kind of in," Flowers said. "They’re just brought up in it.”
The non-profit Methodist Children’s Home Society provides residential care, therapeutic services and transitional living for children in foster care waiting to be adopted.
Flowers gifted new smart televisions, Xbox video game consoles and video games for each of the six cabins on the campus located in Redford Township. Each individual cabin at the society serves 10 boys ranging from ages 5-19. As the boys waited for Flowers arrive, the energy in the room buzzed before exploding in excitement when the Lions defensive end walked in the room.
“We are so lucky and so fortunate to have so many community members to think about our children," said Kevin Roach, CEO of MCHS. “And our foster care and adoption system who take the time to not only fill those wish lists but send those messages of hope and love letting them know that this is really a season of belief.”
The five-year pro chose this specific non-profit for the gifts through his Flowers of the Future foundation. This seasons marks Flowers’ first with the Detroit Lions after signing a five-year, $90 million deal to join the team in the offseason.
He started his foundation in April of 2019, intending to promote engagement in the community while encouraging physical fitness and developing positive values with the next generation in mind.
Since then, the defensive end has hosted several events, donated learning centers and represented his own foundation through the NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” campaign.
“Just to kind of give them inspiration, to see my mind (and) an image of success and to kind of give back with inspiring words, economic things or whatever it may be,” Flowers said.
Before the big gift reveal, Flowers took some time to answer questions. Those in attendance shot off questions about how he got his start in the league, if he could catch a football or how much money he signed his contract with the Lions for. While he was excited to answer most of the questions, he held off answering the question regarding his contract in front of the kids.
“Kids, man, they don’t really have those boundaries and things like that,” Flowers said. “But that’s the fun part of it. Just to understand what kids are asking. They see me on TV and stuff like that. So obviously they’re curious. (But) for me to come here and satisfy a few curiosities is fun for me.”

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