Lynx, Timberwolves Surprise Local Children With Shopping Spree

December is a time for giving and that's just what Lynx players Nicole Ohlde, Candice Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to do Thursday, surprising area youth with a holiday shopping spree. 27 local children currently awaiting adoption were given the surprise of a lifetime when an ice cream party at NBA City turned into a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shop 'till they drop at Target with their heroes.

The 27 kids, ages ranging from 6-17, were each given $400 to spend however they wanted, meaning they could chose to use the money all on one thing, or differentiate and get a plethora of items for the holidays. Most commonly flying off the shelves were XBOX 360's and Playstation 3's for the guys, and digital cameras and clothes for the young ladies.

Whether they went for quality or quantity, each child left Target with a smile on their face and a wish come true. "It means a lot to be able to fulfill these kid's dreams and wishes this holiday season," said Ohlde. "I know a lot of these kids don't have families to spend the holidays with, so to put a smile on their faces means a lot."

The fourth annual "Holiday Shopping for Kids" event put on by the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation is the signature event of the foundation's Season of Giving Month. Candice Wiggins was glad to help out with such an enormous cause. "I had a lot of fun," exclaimed Wiggins. "This is such an amazing event. To see the smiles on these kid's faces this holiday season is really special. I'm really glad that I was able to help out the Timberwolves with a cause so near-and-dear to a lot of people hearts."

The Timberwolves partnered with the Minnesota Adoption Resource Network (MARN) to identify the participating children. Now in its fourth year, the Timberwolves have surprised a total of 45 children who were up for adoption with a holiday shopping spree. Through the help of MARN, 23 of those children have gone on to find a permanent home with an adopting family.

"On any given day there are over 500 children in Minnesota alone waiting for adoption, and thanks to the Minnesota Timberwolves and this fantastic event we're able to continue building awareness for MARN and our mission to reduce that number to zero," said Lorenzo Davis, State Adoption Exchange Coordinator for MARN. "These are children who, through no fault of their own, don't have holiday celebrations to go home to this year, and we're proud to partner with the Wolves to make a difference in these young children's lives."