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Chiefs’ Eric Berry donates cash, toys to Children’s Mercy Hospital

Eric Berry signed a really big check
Eric Berry signed a really big check Submitted photo

With Christmas coming next week, this is the season for giving — and Chiefs safety Eric Berry is doing his part.

On Tuesday, Berry personally delivered approximately $3,500 in cash, $550 in gift cards, $400 in gift bags and $14,000 in toys to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

The Eric Berry Foundation teamed up with Baron BMW/Clore Automotive, whose donations equaled $10,000 in toys and cash, to benefit the hospital’s Snowflake Shoppe, which gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to choose toys for sick children in the hospital for no cost.

Berry’s foundation started generated donations for the hospital during the World Series, and Tuesday’s delivery of the cash and toys, which included Legos, for example, and were delivered via a 15-foot truck, was the culmination of those efforts. Berry visited with several children during the delivery, along with friends Savion Frazier and Bernard Williams.

“Kansas City has come through and really been impressive when it comes to giving these toys,” said Emily McNeill, the program director for the Kansas City Eric Berry Foundation.

Berry isn’t done giving back to the community, either. As the Chiefs’ nominee for the league’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award, Berry stands to receive a $50,000 donation to the charity of his choice, provided he wins.

Also, the nominee whose hashtag — Berry’s is #BerryWPMOYChallenge — is used the most on a social media platform by Dec. 31, will receive a $20,000 donation to their charity of choice.