Khris Middleton gives back to MPS students as part of his 12 Days of Khrismas
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- For Giving Tuesday this year, Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton showed up for some Milwaukee Public School students.
He surprised 250 MPS students at Maple Tree Elementary on Milwaukee's northwest side Tuesday, Nov. 30, with something to keep them warm all winter long.
"Having a brand new winter coat isn't easy to come by," said Middleton.
And while the coats were one present, Middleton's appearance made it even better.
"I feel pretty good. I feel like this is going to be a special day," said 7-year-old Justin Merriweather.
And a special day it was. The holiday season kicked off early for students like Merriweather. Inside the gym, Middleton and UnitedHealthcare volunteers helped the students try on the coat that would be theirs.
It's also part of Middleton's 12 days of Khrismas.
Tis the season to give! @Khris22m rejoins with United Healthcare & @MilwaukeeMPS to gift students winter coats.— Kim Shine (@KimShineCBS58) November 30, 2021
We’re at Maple Tree Elementary in #Milwaukee. pic.twitter.com/6UE6RPLUav
"I remember when I first moved to Milwaukee, I thought I had a winter coat until I realized and walked outside and it didn't do anything," said Middleton.
The good deed was also made possible thanks to a $17,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to the Dreambuilders Foundation to purchase the coats, hats and gloves.
"There's often times when we've gone around and we look at these kids and they don't have coats, and they're coming in with sweatshirts and they need to stay healthy," said Dustin Hinton, CEO of the employer & individual division at United Healthcare of Wisconsin.
This was the third year that MPS has partnered with Khris Middleton and UnitedHealthcare.