MOBILE, Ala. -- A hundred local kids were treated to a shopping spree in Mobile on Saturday.

It is all thanks to NBA star DeMarcus Cousins, who put on his 7th Annual Santa Cuz Holiday Shopping Spree.

DeMarcus Cousins puts on 7th Annual Santa Cuz Holiday Shopping Spree

A hundred local kids were treated to a shopping spree in Mobile.

The kids were from five Mobile elementary schools. They were given $200 Target gifts cards so they could shop for the holidays.

Cousins towered over the toy aisle at the Bel Aire Mall Target as he helped to make sure the holidays are bright.

“When I come home from school after Christmas, I’m going to spend days and days and hours and hours playing with it,” said MiKaylin Fraser, while playing with a new doll.

The smiles say it all as the kids were treated to the shopping spree.

“I wanted to get my momma something, so I got this,” Miracle Brazeal said.

This is Cousins 4th year doing this for Mobile kids, in the community he grew up in.

Volunteers were paired with each child as they searched the store for the perfect presents.

“Just for them to go out and just pick out something and just to be able to pick out anything they want and for me to just be able to total and say you can have that, that's what's special,” said Portia Payne, one of the volunteers.

“As you get older, you learn what's important and I love giving my time,” said Janese Sanders. “Anything I can give, especially for children.”

The volunteers said they get just as much out of this as the kids do.

“I don't have to get anything, this is Christmas for me,” Sanders said.

“It's a lot of money and a lot of big things you can get,” Payne said. “For him to be so excited, it's just a blessing for what he's doing for 100 children.”

Days like this help make the holidays that much more special.

“It means sharing something really sweet for him doing that,” Brazeal said.

Cousins spent a lot of time with the kids on Saturday.

His people said events like this are his way of giving back to the community.

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