Daily Sports Smile: Chris Harris Jr. distributes 500 bags of essential items to those experiencing homelessness

Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (25) stands on the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Chris Harris Jr. made a difference in his local community this week. Harris distributed 500 bags of clothing and essentials items to those experiencing homelessness.

With the winter months approaching, Harris wanted to make sure that everyone had the necessary items to be comfortable in cold temperatures. He held his Chris Cares Winter Handout to provide 500 bags was filled with blankets, socks, mittens and beanies.

The bags also included hygiene items as well. Harris also provided hot chocolate and donuts to those that attended.

Harris discussed the initiative on Peacock TV’s “Brother from Another Mother” show with hosts Michael S. Holley and Michael Smith.

“We try to do stuff all year long,” Harris said. “The Chris Harris Jr. Foundation, me and my wife, they just continue to come up with different ways of which we can make an impact in the community and on the streets of L.A. now.

“We see that it is a major struggle out there. We are trying to do whatever we can to provide food, hygiene, warm weather gear just to be able to keep them warm during this winter that is about to come.”

This week, the NFLPA awarded Harris with the Week 8 Community MVP. The NFLPA will also make a $10,000 donation to a charity of his choice.

“I’m so honored to be named a NFLPA Community MVP,” Harris said after receiving the award. “Since entering the league, I’ve always wanted to use my platform to help and inspire others.”

Harris has helped his local community since arriving in the NFL. Through his Chris Harris Jr. Foundation, the standout cornerback holds annual initiatives like his Backpack Giveback and Coats for a Cause among others. 

The foundation aims to help underdogs rise for greatness. Harris has made an impact in both the Denver and Los Angeles communities since arriving in the league. 

Harris is in his 11th NFL season. He is a four-time Pro Bowler and former Super Bowl champion. He has spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers.