While others are scrambling with their last-minute Christmas shopping, Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith will be spending his Christmas Even with families at the Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More emergency shelter in Reisterstown.
It will be the second trip to the shelter in a week for Smith, who hosted a holiday party last Friday night, helping kids at the shelter make ornaments and decorate the Christmas tree. Now he'll return on Christmas Eve to share a holiday meal with the families.
He even recruited a couple of teammates, as Ed Reed and Tyrod Taylor joined Smith and his fiancée, Chanel, at the shelter for the tree trimming. The 75-bed facility, run by St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, is designed to help women and homeless families regain some stability and then permanent housing.
“It was amazing,” Smith said. “The kids really enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to (Christmas Eve) more than anything.”
Smith, one of the more popular Ravens because he starred collegiately at the University of Maryland, said he fully recognizes his stature as a professional athlete and embraces the opportunities that presents.
“I think as an athlete your role is always to try to support and help give back,” said Smith, who also organized a holiday toy drive earlier this month at Dogwood Elementary, where his fiancee teaches.
“You’re in a position where people look up to you, and where you can help other people, whether it’s speaking to kids or anything,” Smith added, “and I’m one of the people that take full advantage of that.”
He'll be doing that again on Christmas Eve, spreading cheer to children and families who might not have had much of it lately.
"Up early making last-minutes stops for tonight and tomorrow," Smith tweeted Christmas Eve morning. "I can't wait to watch over 90 people have a wonderful meal and open up gifts."