Each family received a $2,500 gift card to spend at the JCPenney at the Ross Park Mall.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Former Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier helped bring joy to two deserving families this holiday season.

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Shazier teamed with JCPenney to give the families a shopping spree. Both families have been impacted by a spinal cord injury.

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Shazier understands the struggles these families are going through and wanted to lighten the financial burden.

“Having a spinal cord injury, you always feel isolated and kind of lonely,” Shazier said. “We wanted to allow them to come and ease their mind with a shopping spree to remember what it’s like to enjoy Christmas again.”

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Each family received a $2,500 gift card to spend at the JCPenney at the Ross Park Mall.