OKLAHOMA CITY - A couple of Oklahoma City Thunder stars are getting ready for Christmas by giving back to those in need.
Russell Westbrook's Why Not? Foundation stopped by the City Rescue Mission to provide a bit of Christmas cheer to children who may not otherwise have a presents under the tree.
At the event, Westbrook called each child to the front and gave them a gift bag with things like new shoes and backpacks inside.
The Thunder star says he knows the importance of giving back to the community, no matter how much you have.
"That's just how I was raised, man. You have to give back to the community. Regardless of how much you have, you always give back. I've been seeing my parents, my family, people I know have been giving back since we were younger. We didn't always have everything we wanted but my mom and dad always gave back as much as possible. I think it's important, especially now in today's society and everything else that's going on in the world. You have to find ways to give back and help people any way you can," Westbrook said.
He says that although his son is still young, he plans to teach him about the importance of helping others as Noah gets older.
Another Thunder star, Raymond Felton, also took the time to celebrate Christmas with the kids from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma program.
He says when he first got into the NBA in Charlotte, he volunteered with the organization and became a Big Brother.
Felton says he wanted to give kids a chance to get have fun, enjoy some delicious food and escape from the realities of their life for a little while.
Just like Westbrook, Felton credits his mother and grandmother with instilling the importance of helping others in him.
"From my mom, from my grandma, just my family's background; that's just something we always did we were very big on always trying to give back to others even when we didn't have it," Felton said.