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Antonio Gates hosts annual "Shop with a Charger" event

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Dozens of local homeless and needy children are enjoying a night of holiday fun with the Chargers.

Tight end Antonio Gates is hosting his annual Shop with a Charger event Monday night at Walmart in Murphy Canyon.

More than 50 kids from the Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos and the Monarch School are intercepting gifts with Gates and other Chargers players. As part of the Antonio Gates Foundation, underserved and homeless children were given a $100 shopping spree.

Gates rallied over 13 of his teammates to shop with children 6 to 18 years old. Barona Casino and the San Diego Chargers are also sponsoring this private event.

Many kids are picking out presents for their family, and but also a little something for themselves, since it might be their only gift they open this holiday.

Gates says even with Sunday's tough loss, it's nice his team is here to put a smile on kids' faces.

"It just takes me back to when I was 10, 11, 12 years old, and how something so small to us can mean so much to a child. I think that's what we understand at the end of the day. These are the moments they might never forget," Gates said.

After the shopping spree, the kids played games and had dinner with the players.

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