“Hands Up” Rams players help Urban League throw holiday party for Ferguson residents

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-FOX 2 is your Home Of The Rams. The team is preparing for Sunday’s final home game against the New York Giants which you can see Sunday at 3:00. But the five receivers who made the so-called "hands up" gesture before a recent home game took time out today to help folks in Ferguson and north St. Louis County.

The players made national news last month when they raised their hands while running onto the field at the Edward Jones Dome, trying to raise awareness of the events in Ferguson.

But the players didn't just want to be hands this Christmas, they also wanted to be hands on.

So Tight End Jared Cook and Wide Receivers Kenny Britt, Travon Austin, Stedman Bailey, and Chris Givens gave $10,000 to the Urban League for a Christmas party Friday for residents of Ferguson and north St. Louis County.

They also attended the party themselves helping hand out coats, gloves, hats, socks and personal care items.

Their donation, in fact, helped the Urban League purchase 200 coats.

The players thought it was important for them to be at the event. The players wanted to show the country and the people of Ferguson they are not just here to protest but also here to help fix the community.

Between 250 to 300 attended the party that also included food, games, and toys.

There was some controversy to the players’ game time gesture and earlier this month the St. Louis Rams made a $50,000 donation to Backstoppers which provides financial assistance to families of polices officers, firefighters and paramedics killed in the line of duty.

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