Former Cocoa Tiger C.J. Gardner-Johnson Provides Foster Kids Something Money Can’t Buy
By Space Coast Daily // December 25, 2019
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Former Cocoa Tiger and Florida Gator C.J. Gardner-Johnson in the Midst of Fine Rookie Season with NFL’s New Orleans Saints
(NOLA.com) – Growing up, C.J. Gardner-Johnson always had other kids roaming about his family home. They weren’t his siblings, but it never really felt out of the ordinary, just a part of life.
But there came a day when he realized what was going on. There was a girl in the house, and she was checked out mentally.
Gardner-Johnson didn’t understand, so he asked his mother, Del Johnson, what was wrong.
“I asked my mom, ‘What did she do?’” Gardner-Johnson recalled. “And my mom was telling me what she was, what was going on.”
That young girl in Del Johnson’s home was a foster child, one of many Johnson took care of throughout Gardner-Johnson’s childhood.
That was the day Gardner-Johnson understood what was happening around him, and that was the day he started seriously thinking about the importance of providing for those in need.
Fast forward to 2019. The now 22-year-old Gardner-Johnson is in the midst of a fine rookie season with the New Orleans Saints, and he taking advantage of his newfound status to further the mission he took on that day at home.
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