Steelers tough guy Harrison using donations to help needy kids

PITTSBURGH -- Steelers linebacker James Harrison will use money that fans gave him to help pay his NFL fines to throw a Christmas party for needy children and their families.

As Harrison accumulated $125,000 in fines for four different infractions, fans began sending him money to help pay them. Much of it were sent anonymously, so Harrison couldn't return it.

Harrison decided last month to take the money and start the James Harrison Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that will assist children in emergency situations. The foundation's first event will be a brunch with Santa Claus at Heinz Field on Saturday, with other Steelers expected to attend.

The foundation is designed to aid children with illnesses or disabilities and families in crisis situations.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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