Damar Hamlin’s toy drive is now a considerable group fundraiser. Just hours after the 24-year-old Buffalo Bills participant suffered cardiac arrest throughout a sport in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 2, followers donated over $4.5 million — or one donation each 0.3 seconds — to The Chasing M’s Foundation charity, which helps toy drives, back-to-school drives, and camp initiatives for teenagers.
According to the charity’s GoFundMe web page, the aim of the fundraiser is to “positively affect youngsters who’ve been hardest hit by the pandemic.” According to NPR, Hamlin’s unique purpose was to boost $2,500, a goal that supporters have eclipsed by almost 2,000 % in a matter of hours.
“As I embark on my journey to the NFL, I’ll always remember the place I come from and I’m dedicated to utilizing my platform to positively affect the group that raised me,” Hamlin beforehand wrote. The athlete grew to become one of many Bills’s beginning safeties in September after Micah Hyde suffered a season-ending neck harm. “I created The Chasing M’s Foundation as a car that can permit me to ship that affect, and the primary program is the 2020 Community Toy Drive.”
“Your generosity and compassion imply the world to us.”
Hamlin is at present in essential situation and awaiting testing and remedy on the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Since Monday evening’s sport, the Hamlin household has up to date the Chasing M fundraiser web page with a press release on the NFL participant’s behalf. “This fundraiser was initially established to assist a toy drive for Damar’s group, sponsored by the Chasing M’s Foundation,” the household wrote. “However, it has obtained renewed assist in mild of Damar’s present battle and we won’t thank all of you sufficient. Your generosity and compassion imply the world to us.”
Hamlin’s household went on to encourage donations, and to thank the athlete’s followers for his or her assist. “If you wish to present your assist and contribute to Damar’s group initiatives and his present battle, that is the place to take action,” they stated. “This is the one present fund that’s being utilized by the Hamlin Family. Again, thanks in your ideas, prayers and beneficiant assist throughout this time.”