Ailene Voisin

Kings’ Cousins spreads Christmas cheer

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) watches the game form the stands during the game between the Sacramento Kings and the Detroit Pistons at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday, December 13, 2014 in Sacramento.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) watches the game form the stands during the game between the Sacramento Kings and the Detroit Pistons at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday, December 13, 2014 in Sacramento. rbenton@sacbee.com

Despite not fully recovered from the viral meningitis that has sidelined him for the last nine games, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins hosted his third annual shopping spree Sunday for 100 Sacramento area children from low income families.

Cousins, wearing black sweat pants and jacket, and a purple and white Santa Claus hat, distributed $215 gift cards and accompanied the youngsters as they selected presents and packed shopping carts at the Wal Mart in the Natomas Marketplace on Truxel Road. During the hour-long event that began at 6 p.m., the popular Kings star signed autographs, joked with the kids, even offering suggestions on gift choices. Before leaving, he sat on a “Santa” throne and posed for individual photos with dozens of youngsters.”

“It feels great to be out here doing this,” Cousins said afterward, “but it’s not about me.”

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