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Shaquille O'Neal buys toys for needy children

November 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
"Shaq-a-Claus" is in Southern California, trying to help boys and girls who are less fortunate this holiday season.

Shaquille O'Neal shopped for toys at the Toys-R-Us on Jefferson Boulevard in Culver City on Monday.

The former Lakers player is teaming up with Marines, as he has for the past three years, to lend his star power to the Toys for Tots program.

"Sixteen million kids will wake up this Christmas without toys," said O'Neal. "So if I could dip into that number a little bit, and if we all could dip into that number a little bit, I think it's a nice thing."

All the toys donated will be distributed to children across the Los Angeles area in time for Christmas.