Donations to Damar Hamlin’s charity surpass $2 million in hours after his collapse

The NFL group was rocked by the on-field collapse of Payments security Damar Hamlin through the first quarter of Buffalo’s sport in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday evening. Gamers and followers took to social media to share prayers, search for updates — and band collectively in assist of Hamlin’s charity.

Hamlin’s most up-to-date Instagram submit celebrated his third annual toy drive by his basis, Chasing M’s. 

The Pittsburgh native and former Pitt standout began the inspiration quickly after the 2020 school soccer season ended and instantly launched its first toy drive, making a GoFundMe web page for donations. That web page stays energetic, and donations poured in Monday after Hamlin’s collapse.

As of 1 a.m. ET Tuesday, the web page had raised greater than $2.4 million and counting from over 96,000 particular person donations. The precise determine of cash raised earlier than Monday was unknown however believed to be within the low 1000’s of {dollars}.

“As I embark on my journey to the NFL, I will never forget where I come from, and I am committed to using my platform to positively impact the community that raised me,” Hamlin wrote on the GoFundMe web page for the preliminary toy drive. 

“I created The Chasing M’s Foundation as a vehicle that will allow me to deliver that impact … Thank you so much for supporting me on and off the field. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with you to help make the holiday season a little brighter for the kids in our community.”

The overwhelming majority of the donations following Hamlin’s harm Monday evening had been small-dollar donations accompanied by messages from NFL fan bases throughout the nation. 

“Broncos Nation is praying for you, Damar,” one learn.

“Prayers coming in from Packers Nation,” mentioned one other.

“Bengals fan pulling for the Bills and their families tonight,” learn a 3rd.

A number of different present and former NFL gamers took to Twitter to share prayers and assist for Hamlin. Bengals and Payments followers additionally shared a candlelight vigil for Hamlin exterior the College of Cincinnati Medical Middle, the place Hamlin stays hospitalized in vital situation, per the NFL.

The GoFundMe web page for Hamlin’s charity could be reached right here.

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