(08/27/13) - The LaMarr Woodley Foundation is making sure kids in Saginaw are ready for school.
Tuesday, the NFL player's organization had its second annual 'First Impressions' Back to School giveaway.
Hundreds of students picked up things they'll need for the classroom.
Woodley's Foundation says the football star will always have a heart for his hometown.
Inside Saginaw High School, a party was thrown.
This is wonderful, awesome," said Delores Baber, of Saginaw.
A big bash to get kids pumped up and prepared to go back to school - and to make great first impressions.
With free hair cuts, manicures, book bags, pencils and pens, 300 students - kindergarten through eighth grade - who signed up for Woodley's event, will be ready.
"It's a good opportunity for the kids to come out, and it's free. They don't have to pay anything and the parents really appreciate that," said Janice Staples, LaMarr Woodley's mother.
"We have so many economy issues that we are facing with unemployment. This is very important for families," said Sheilda Braddock, CEO of the LaMarr Woodley Foundation.
Commitments on the football field kept the Pittsburgh Steelers star from attending his own community function.
"This is the beginning of football season, but he wanted to let the community know that he loves Saginaw, this is home for him, and he has a heart for Saginaw," Braddock said.
His compassion was met with appreciation.
"I would hope that other athletes would come together, follow suit and do the same thing, 'cause this is just tremendous. I commend him, I just love him," Baber said.
Thanks to the linebacker's generosity, these kids are excited to return to the classroom.
The giveaway was a true community effort. Barbers, nail technicians and local restaurants all volunteered their services.
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