Eagles cornerback gives holiday bags to at-risk youth

Mike DeNardo
November 19, 2018 - 5:47 pm
Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills (right) packs Thanksgiving bags for kids at the Valley Youth House.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A key member of the Eagles secondary has made Philly kids his primary focus. 

Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills smiled as he stuffed bags full of Thanksgiving fixings and handed them to young people at the Valley Youth House's Achieving Independence Center on North Broad Street.

"I'm in a position to where if I can help somebody and it's possible, I'm willing to do it," said Mills.

Valley Youth House provides young people who are coming out of foster care with housing and life skills. 

Eagles fan Christiana Robinson of Germantown was beaming after Mills handed her a bag.

"It's amazing. I'm actually excited because I actually get to meet him in person," she added.

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Mills said he has a bigger platform now that he has a Super Bowl ring. "Plus, my hair's green so that kind of puts a little extra sauce on it as well," he joked.

As for the foot injury that has sidelined him for the last three weeks, Mills said it is a lot better.

"Rehabbing every day. I'm working to get back on the field as fast as possible."

In the meantime, Mills is helping to inspire young people, said Valley Youth House Development Officer Shawn Mack.

"Especially in this season of Thanksgiving," Mack said, "it helped them to be reflective on some of the things that they have, in spite of the things that they don't have."