Fourteen New York City kids and three stars from the New York Mets rounded the bases in a College Point store on Wednesday night for a holiday shopping spree helping local children.
Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Brandon Nimmo wandered the aisles of Target at 135-05 20 Ave. on Dec. 14 to help local kids shop for their families. The inaugural holiday shopping spree was part of the team’s “Metsgiving” outreach campaign.
“We’re feeling great,” Harvey said. “We had a good time out here. We’re having fun.”
Harvey shopped with Jose and Joseph Castro, two teenagers from Ozone Park.
“It’s not every day where you hang out with a Mets player,” Jose Castro said. “It was a lot of fun.”
“It was kind of weird at first, but as soon as you got to talk to the players, we said, ‘OK, this is kind of normal,'” Joseph Castro said.
The two teenagers explained that their family — a family of eight — recently moved to a new apartment, and many of the items on their list were things they needed.
“A microwave,” Jose said. “We bought pajamas for [our sisters], our other brother — boots for him.”
“My family’s in a tight situation right now with money,” Castro continued. “So if it wasn’t for this, we wouldn’t be actually getting the stuff that we need now. That’s why we made sure that we chose stuff that would be beneficial in the long run.”
“The two little girls [I shopped with], their mom and their family have been through a lot,” Nimmo said. “To be able to just kind of bring a little bit of joy and happiness — they’re gonna have a great Christmas now … We were trying to get them to spend more money because they just aren’t used to it.”
“[The kids] were pretty pedal to the metal, right outta the gate,” Syndergaard said. “They knew exactly what they wanted.”
The Mets worked with The River Fund New York to organize the event.
View a photo gallery of the holiday shopping spree below.