Edwin, Erika and corporate partner Kmart are huge supporters of our troops. They are taking the 2012 holiday season to not only give back, but show their gratitude for their bravery and dedication to protect our country. Jackson will be providing a holiday shopping allowance of $110 to each of the 33 military children who may not be able to celebrate the holidays for various reasons. All giveaways are compliments of Edwin Jackson, his fiancée Erika Zanders, and their corporate sponsor Kmart #3996 in Mableton, Ga. William Bonsor, Store Manager of Kmart Mableton states, “We are extraordinarily honored to support Edwin Jackson and his fiancé Erika Zanders in this selfless act of giving so close to the holidays. We honor the sacrifice that these children and their families have made and for that our country, the state of Georgia and the community of Mableton will be forever grateful. ”
Jackson is determined to make sure no child will spend Christmas without the joy of opening gifts. Being that both Jackson and Zander are dependents of active and retired Military members; this charity event hits home and holds major importance in their lives. “Our families were hand selected for their hard work and dedication in protecting our country. Due to hard economic times and/or possible loss of a parent in the line of duty across the country, it’s no surprise that many families need assistance. I’m blessed to be able to make a difference,”
About Edwin Jackson:
Edwin is a MLB Free Agent and spent the 2012 season as a starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals. During his Major League Baseball (MLB) career, Jackson has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2003-2005), Tampa Bay Devil Rays / Rays (2006-2008), Detroit Tigers (2009), Arizona Diamondbacks (2010), Chicago White Sox (2010-2011), and St. Louis Cardinals (2011). Jackson was an All-Star in 2009. Jackson wrapped up the 2012 season with a 10-11 record, 4.03 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 168 strikeouts over 189 2/3 innings. Throughout his professional baseball career Jackson's four-seam fastball averaging 95 mph has been his weapon against opponents on the field. Jackson is one of 27 major league players who were born in Germany. He spent the first eight years of his life in Germany until spending the rest of his youth in Columbus, Georgia. He attended Shaw High School in Columbus, Georgia from 1997-2001. While attending Shaw High School, he played outfield for the Raider baseball team. His senior year, Jackson helped lead the Raiders baseball team to the 2001 GHSA AAAA State Championship title over Columbus High School in Columbus, Georgia. In 2011, Edwin partnered with the Columbus Parks & Recreation Department to put smiles on 100 kids’ faces by providing bikes for each of them for Christmas.