Damar Hamlin is a nonprofit charity that has positively impacted thousands of people’s lives for nearly ten years. With more than 4 million dollars raised in donations, this organization has made it possible to create a brighter future for those who are less fortunate. The charity has provided access to health care, homelessness prevention services, and educational programs throughout the country. Damar Hamlin works tirelessly to ensure everyone has access to resources and opportunities regardless of socio-economic background.
Fans are showing support for injured Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin by flooding his toy charity with so many donations the fundraiser skyrocketed Monday night, surpassing $4 million.
After suffering a season-ending injury, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been the recipient of an outpouring of support from fans across the country. After launching his nonprofit charity in early December, donations have flooded in, exceeding all expectations.
The foundation works to provide toys for underprivileged youth during the holiday season. Within just a few short weeks, more than $4 million worth of donations have come pouring in from Bills fans who are eager to show their support for Hamlin’s cause. The funds will help ensure that as many children as possible experience joy this holiday season.
Hamlin expressed his immense gratitude for all those taking part in supporting his charitable efforts, saying, “I want to thank everyone who has donated or shared my non-profit’s mission with others…it means so much to me, and I am forever grateful!
Hamlin was rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in an ambulance after he collapsed on the field at Paycor Stadium during the nationally televised Monday Night Football game.
The 24-year-old went into cardiac arrest following a tackle early in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The tragic incident has sparked an outpouring of support from fans around the world for Damar Hamlin and his family. A nonprofit charity has been established with more than $4 million raised in donations to help cover medical expenses and provide financial aid to Damar’s family. The charity receives donations from players, coaches, teams, organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals across sports leagues worldwide.
The money will be used to fund research that could help prevent similar occurrences in football games as well as other high-impact sports.
The Bills say Hamlin’s heartbeat was restored before he was taken to the hospital.
The Buffalo Bills organization has reported that safety Damar Hamlin’s heart was restarted before he was taken to the hospital after suffering a cardiac episode on Tuesday. This news comes just days after the team announced that it had established a nonprofit charity in his name, raising more than $4 million for research and education on heart health.
Hamlin expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of support he has received from friends, family and fans, as well as the quick action of Bills medical staff who were reportedly able to restore his heartbeat and breathing before transporting him to the hospital. There is no update yet on when he can return to play football but doctors have said he is expected to make a full recovery with diligent care.
Hamlin started the Chasing M Foundation Community Toy Drive after the Bills drafted him in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
“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. I created The Chasing M’s Foundation as a vehicle that will allow me to deliver that impact, and the first program is the 2020 Community Toy Drive,” the online fundraiser read.
The initial goal was $2,500, and entering Monday, the fundraiser had less than $100,000.
Since Hamlin was hospitalized, more than 120,000 donations poured in and now the fundraiser stands at more than $4 million.
Both Bengals and Bills fans also flocked to the hospital Monday night minutes after Hamlin arrived. They held a vigil through the night into early Tuesday.
Hamlin remains in critical condition.
The vast majority of the donations following Hamlin’s injury Monday night were small-dollar donations accompanied by messages from NFL fan bases across the country.
“Broncos Nation is praying for you, Damar,” one read.
“Prayers coming in from Packers Nation,” said another.
“Bengals fan pulling for the Bills and their families tonight,” read a third.
Several other current and former NFL players took to Twitter to share prayers and support for Hamlin. Bengals and Bills fans also shared a candlelight vigil for Hamlin outside the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where Hamlin remains hospitalized in critical condition, per the NFL.