New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is giving back to the community in a big way during the COVID-19 pandemic, announcing that he and his wife Brittany will donate $5 million to help deliver meals to needy people in Louisiana.
“Brittany and I are committing $5,000,000 to the State of Louisiana in 2020,” Brees wrote. “The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time.”
“After considerable research and conversations with local organizations, we will be mobilizing our partnerships with Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders and Waitr to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need. Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.”
Last week, Brees re-signed with the Saints last week on a two-year, $50 million contract, so he can afford to be so generous. Brees’ donation continues the growing trend of players and clubs alike making big donations to help those most devastated by local shutdowns due to the pandemic.
Thank you, @drewbrees. On behalf of the Great State of Louisiana, we are all grateful for your family’s support and generosity through this trying time. We are one Louisiana and we will get through this, together. #lagov #whodat https://t.co/aTdgBFGp0o
— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) March 26, 2020
Just recently, Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson announced $1 million to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, with the money going towards those affected by business closures and event cancellations in New Orleans.