A scary scene on Monday night with Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has shaken the world of sports.
The 24-year-old safety from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania was rushed to a nearby trauma unit after suffering a cardiac arrest.
This tragic event now has people around the world coming together to show support for the young star.
With people offering support and prayers to him and his family, others are going a step further.
While few people knew this before Monday’s events, Hamlin had a Christmas toy drive for the kids back in his hometown.
His goal for this toy drive was $2,500.
However, the donations for this toy drive have now reached over $3 million since last night.
Bills safety Damar Hamlin was raising money for a toy drive in his hometown with a goal of $2,500.
Today, the donations have surpassed $3 million. pic.twitter.com/2DUav3uY5A
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) January 3, 2023
The outpouring of support for a cause that means a lot to Hamlin shows a side of humanity we often overlook.
While people might just be hearing about the toy drive, it’s something the young defensive star has done for three years.
It was back in 2020 when he organized the annual toy drive for the children of McKees Rocks.
In 2020, at the end of his final year at Pitt, Damar Hamlin organized a toy drive for kids in his hometown of McKees Rocks, Pa. This is the young man who went down on the field tonight in Cincinnati. He is a man; not a number on a jersey. Prayers for Damar. pic.twitter.com/mSa80YklRK
— Keith O'Brien (@KeithOB) January 3, 2023
His heart and passion for the children of his community date back to before he signed an NFL contract.
The things he’s done for the children of McKees Rocks go beyond that of most people.
With his sincere attitude and big heart, he gave smiles to children over the last three years.
Now, people around the world are doing their part to help as well.
It’s things like this that mirror the compassion Hamlin has for the people around him.