Nelson Cruz Returns Home for Gift Giveaway
For the third consecutive year, Mariners' slugger Nelson Cruz returned to his hometown of Las Matas de Santa Cruz in the Dominican Republic to give toys away to the local children. The reigning home run champion spent time the week at the elementary school he attended as a child, giving gifts and books to more than 500 kids. The three-time All-Star said of the event,
"When I was a kid, I didn't have the chance to have many toys. When my dad did give me one, I remember how happy I was. There's nothing better than seeing a kid smile. Even now, when I go back and see kids there, they come up and say, 'I still have the toy you gave me from a couple years ago.' That's something you can't buy, that joy they have as kids."