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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton will celebrate his first Father’s Day Sunday.

On Thursday, he spent the evening at a Target store surprising young fans with help buying their dads gifts for the holiday, The Charlotte Observer reports.

The Carolina Panthers quarterback spent the hour perusing the aisles with young shoppers and chatting about their dads, their weekend plans, his insatiable sweet tooth and lots else except football. He also talked about his off-season activities, as well as his signature celebration dance.

“Being a new father and all, I could help you out from a father’s perspective,” Newton told 7-year-old Owen Bex of Charlotte, who ended up going with Newton’s recommendation of a gas grill for Father’s Day.

Arriving in an unassuming flannel shirt, Newton acted as a personal shopper for three unsuspecting families at the Charlotte-area store, helping to pick out a FitBit and Beats by Dre, among other items.

Jennica Shelton of Fort Mill was with her wide-eyed 7-year-old son Miller at Target Thursday night when the two were randomly picked to shop with Newton. Miller’s one of four boys, and said they, along with his father, will be jealous of his experience. “Sundays were it in our house this season,” Jennica said.

Newton’s son was born on Christmas Eve to Newton and his longtime girlfriend, Kia Proctor. After the shopping spree, Newton said it was “up to the others” to decide how to spend Father’s Day.