“I’m into making people happy. Whenever I leave the house, I just try to do a good deed.” 

Shaquille O’Neal isn’t just one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he also may just be one of the greatest guys EVER. (Move on over Keanu Reeves.)

No stranger to philanthropic endeavors, Shaq is known for surprising his fans with some pretty spectacular random acts of kindness.

Including his latest; buying a washer and dryer for an unsuspecting family at Home Depot.

Shaq’s Random Act of Kindness at Home Depot

In a heartwarming moment captured on video and later shared on social media, Shaq comes navel-to-face with a woman and her mother in the plumbing aisle.

Stopping to chat with the duo, he asks them what they’re buying. The woman tells him they’re there to purchase a washer and dryer. “Okay, well I’m gonna pay for it,” Shaq responds.

At first, the mother is oblivious. She’s too busy telling the NBA legend that she’s from Venezuela to hear him. It isn’t until her daughter excitedly explains it to her in Spanish that the realization hits. But once it does, her reaction is priceless.

While her daughter can’t stop laughing, the mother grabs Shaq in a huge hug while simultaneously whipping out her phone for a selfie. “Bless you, bless you, bless you,” she tells him.

The trio head to the appliances where they meet up with the woman’s son and another family member, the mother blessing Shaq with a thousand blessings the entire time.

What Was Shaquille O’Neal Doing at Home Depot?

Shaq was at Home Depot to film a music video for his new song, “I Know I Got It,” released under his music name, DJ Diesel, and featuring Nitti.

In the video, Shaq dons the iconic orange Home Depot apron and walks around the store, showing off his rapping (and comedic) skills. He climbs a stepladder, towers over a refrigerator making it look like it belongs in Barbie’s dreamhouse, and attempts (and fails) to karate chop a piece of wood.

The video also features clips of the family that received the washer and dryer.

Additionally, the basketball star-turned-DJ Diesel jokingly references the “Home Depot Girl,” aka video content creator Ariana Josephine Cossie.

The 21-year-old blew up the internet earlier this month when she posted a picture of herself wearing her Home Depot employee apron on social media. After receiving several sexist comments, Shaq messaged her, encouraging her to ignore the haters.

And because haters gonna hate, he also assured fans that his message of encouragement was just that, writing:

“Shaq just uplifting people that’s what the diesel do baby I uplift people google me.”

Shaquille O’Neal

Shaq’s Legacy of Giving Back

When he says he’s all about uplifting people, he’s not lying. Shaquille O’Neal’s philanthropic pursuits are legendary. Throughout his career and beyond, he has consistently demonstrated his commitment to improving the lives of others, particularly children and families facing adversity.

From founding the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation, which focuses on at-risk youth and underserved communities, to personally funding college educations for deserving students, Shaq’s generosity knows no bounds.

He has also been actively involved in various charitable organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Stand Together Foundation.

Not to mention, his numerous random acts of kindness, including buying a family of 11 TWO new cars, paying for a fan’s engagement ring, and coming to the rescue of a teen with size 23 feet.

Using His Blessings to Bless Others

While Shaq may have been a legend on the basketball court, clearly he’s a legend off of it too.

He believes in the power of giving back, in big ways and in small. Although to him, it’s not giving back, it’s about doing what you’re supposed to do, helping those in need.

“I take pride in each and every day by just making one person smile, whether it’s one person or whether it’s a hundred people or whether it’s a thousand people.”

Shaquille O’Neal via People Magazine

And while we may not be able to fill his shoes, we can take a page out of his playbook and uplift as many people as we can.

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