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One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure: Charity Begins at Home

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After losing 45-7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars and, more specifically, to quarterback Blake Bortles on December 17, Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney didn’t hold back on his personal opinion of the quarterback. “He trash,” Clowney was quoted as saying by the Houston Chronicle following the loss.

Afterward, several Jaguars fans took it upon themselves to respond in a unique fashion, having heard the quote and wanting Clowney to know how they felt. Bonnie Upright, one of the Jaguars fans in question, actually came up with the idea of sending trash cans to the Houston Texans. “It’s Christmas. It’s the season of giving,” Upright said in an interview with ESPN. “Let’s have a little fun with it. So I did. I was respectful. I didn’t go at [Clowney] personally. Didn’t say anything hateful or mean. I just wished him a merry Christmas from a trash-loving Jaguars fan.”

As it turns out, Clowney was able to get the last laugh, turning the light-hearted gag into philanthropy and giving back to the community. He filled each of the trash cans with gifts and delivered them to a Houston shelter called Mission of Yahweh, supporting underprivileged women and children. Following the charitable move, he tweeted, “Thank you @Jaguars fans for sending trash cans to NRG! It inspired me to fill them and an entire truck with toys to turn a negative situation into a blessing for some deserving women and children at @MissionOfYahweh,” together with a picture of himself with all of the gifts. The Texas team account also posted a tweet of Clowney making good on his promise, once again proving that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.