Former 'Nole Running Back Surprises Local Boy with Gifts

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Monticello, FL -- The Florida State football team has been the gift that keeps on giving this season, but one former player went above and beyond.

Melissa Watson, a family services case manager at the Capital Area Community Action Agency in Monticello set up the surprise of a lifetime for Isaiah Luna.

Luna's family is involved in the Family Self Sufficiency Program and needed a little help this Christmas. Luna wrote a Christmas list down and addressed it to a special person. That person happened to be former Seminoles and current Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson, a family friend of Watson's.

Thompson decided to sponsor Luna in the program, but instead of just buying him gifts, the athlete showed up in person to deliver them to a shocked and smiling Isaiah.

"Man, they messed me up when they told me he wasn't coming!" said Luna after his family had told him Thompson wouldn't be home.

With gifts like a bike, an iPod, a wardrobe, and a tablet, Luna walked away with haul that would make Santa blush. Thompson said he couldn't stop at getting just a signed football.

"Why not get everything?" Thomspon joked. "You know, she showed me this list and I can afford it so why not get everything."

Luna's mother couldn't contain her emotion.

"It's a blessing. For someone to take time out of their day, and share it with my son, it's a blessing to me," said Mercedes Beverly.

Luna researched the NFL star through Google, and recited Thompson's height, weight, and stats much to the runner's delight. It's an experience neither will ever forget.

"It's amazing, because some kids don't get to see this," said Luna.

Thompson is one of more than 10 sponsors that provide for children in need through C.A.C.A.A. during the holiday season.


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