Miami Heat players help spread holiday cheer in South Florida

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As the holidays enter full swing the Miami Heat continue to do their part in order to give back to the community and help those in need.

A packed schedule, grueling practices and media appearances have yet to stop the Miami Heat from doing their part in order to help those in need this holiday season. While many professional athletes are noticeably absent come the holiday season, the Miami Heat organization never falter when it comes to giving back to the South Beach community.

Throughout the last week Heat superstars, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as well as other members of the team made an effort to make lucky fan's holidays a little bit brighter. On Sunday it was Dwyane Wade's foundation doing their part as they teamed up with local supermarket chain, Publix in order to hand out a $1000 shopping spree to two lucky fans. Wade partnered with Neighbors 4 Neighbors in order to select the winning families based on essay submissions.

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Photos courtesy of the Miami Heat

Chris Bosh continued his annual event "Christmas With Chris Bosh" where he partnered with charity, Team Tomorrow in order to bring a lucky group of 150 children bowling, as well as give them an assortment of gifts.

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Photo courtesy of Team Tomorrow Inc

Heat players also visited local hospitals in order to pay visit to their younger fans. WSVN-TV reports that Lebron James,

James dashed through the halls at the Holtz Children's Hospital at Jackson Memorial, Thursday. "For us to be able to come here for a few hours and put a smile on their face, to give them gifts and give them a merry Christmas that they won't forget, I think it's special,"

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Photos courtesy of the Miami Heat

The children were starstruck as they received special Miami Heat sunglasses, and even tickets to upcoming games. It is said that the Heat spent over an hour at each location participating with the children, and providing an all round great time.

Ray Allen and Udonis Haslem also helped spread Heat cheer with their respective events.

UD hosted his third annual Christmas Honor Roll event at a local Toys R Us, which rewarded 80 students from Miami and Miami Gardens for their academic excellence.

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Allen was at the Aventura Mall for his Ray Of Hope Foundation, which partnered up with Miami Rescue Mission, to provide children in need with gifts that mall patrons bought for them. Special ornaments made by the kids were hung up at the mall's tree with a wish list item on each one.

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Photos of UD and Allen courtesy of the Miami Heat

The holidays are a very important time of the year, and it's a breath of fresh air to see the Heat stars going out of their way to make a difference for those who are less fortunate. As we approach a new year in the coming weeks, all of us at Hot Hot Hoops would like to wish our readers a fantastic holiday season, be safe everybody and enjoy the time with your loved ones.

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