Spreading the holiday cheer

December, 10, 2012
12/10/12
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Nick Bellore and Ellis Lankster were looking for opportunities to get in the holiday spirit, and asked if the Jets were doing anything as an organization to celebrate the season.

They were in luck, and so will 20 elementary school students who participate in the Generation Jets program. Bellore and Lankster, as well as Austin Howard, Konrad Reuland and Caleb Schlauderaff, will be on hand tonight to help the students spend $250 gift cards at a New Jersey Toys R Us.

"It's the first time I'm going to do something like that," Ellis said. "I'm ready."

"I know I would've loved getting a shopping spree when I was a kid," Bellore said.

Luckily, the win in Jacksonville and a spark of playoff hopes means the team has a little more cheer to spread.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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