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Dodgers News: Justin Turner Plays Santa, Brings Bikes, Toys to Local Youth

Even before re-signing with the Dodgers, Justin Turner was giving back to the Los Angeles area. Nothing has changed on that front as Turner is staying busy before Christmas.

The Justin Turner Foundation teamed with the Los Angeles dream center and donated 2,000 bikes and toys to L.A. youth, per its Instagram. Turner also visited the Mattel Children’s Hospital, playing the role of Santa Claus bearing gifts.

Turner also visited Ryan Teixeira, who is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Teixeira, the brother of former MLB player Mark, begins chemotherapy Christmas day. He’s receiving a transplant from his brother Aaron in early January.

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In a world where negativity brings the most attention, Turner consistently goes out of his way to assist those in need, including in partnerships with the Dream Center, Kershaw’s Challenge and more. He hosts his second annual golf tournament Jan. 30.

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Gabe Burns

Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

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