The Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation hosted a Halloween party that offered a safe haven for some 2,000 trick or treaters.
Centene Corporation donated 200 Rams tickets along with vouchers for food at the game. Johnson organized a dance contest to help find a way to give the tickets to deserving kids.
‘We want these kids to have a good time in a good environment,’ said Johnson.
One mother brought her two children to the party because her neighborhood was too dangerous.
‘Now it`s time to party and come together as a community instead of being out in the streets.’ She said.
Johnson grew up in the Darste Webbe projects in St. Louis but went on to successful football career in the National Football League.
‘I wouldn`t trade this for nothing in the world just a great opportunity to makes someone else`s day a little better for them,” said Johnson.
One of the trick or treaters who won Rams tickets was a young boy who was part of an after-school day care program.
‘It gives them an opportunity to be exposed to something they otherwise may not be exposed to,’ said Marquette Connor, a teacher with the Better Family Life`s Youth Passport to the Future.
Johnson feels many kids grow up to fast and hopes his foundation`s event will allow kids to be kids and give them a positive memory that will last a lifetime.