Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is no stranger to helping those in need, and this holiday season is no different.
In a press release Wednesday, Smith-Schuster and the JuJu Foundation announced they had partnered with the Pay Away the Layaway organization to pay off over $25,000 worth of Christmas gifts and essential items for more than 170 families at Burlington Coat Factory stores in Pittsburgh, PA and Compton, CA.
JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) and the @JuJuFoundation paid off $25,000 in layaway for over 170 families in Pittsburgh and California.— JuJu Foundation (@JuJuFoundation) December 16, 2020
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Smith-Schuster’s act of kindness was a surprise to the families, and a definitely a significant weight lifted off their shoulders during a holiday season like no other.
“I am truly blessed to be able to give back to families in Pittsburgh and California during the holidays,” Smith-Schuster said. “We hope paying off these layaway balances will cause a sense of relief and lift the spirit of all of these families.”
Established in 2019, the JuJu Foundation is a non-profit “dedicated to the support of youth initiatives and lifting the spirits of those in need.”
Pay Away the Layaway is a non-profit organization that raises funds to “pay off layaway balances with gifts and essentials for kids all over the world.”
Selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of USC, Smith-Schuster has spent his entire four-year career with Pittsburgh.
He has 79 receptions for 655 yards this season, and has tied a career-high with seven touchdowns receptions.