Odell Beckham Jr. donates $100K to launch Harvey fundraising effort
Perhaps lost amid the chatter concerning whether or not Odell Beckham Jr. will be able to overcome an ankle injury and play in the Week 1 is the news that the New York Giants wide receiver launched a fundraising effort to provide relief for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Not only that, the Giants superstar got the ball rolling with a $100,000 donation, saying on the fundraising page that the “tragedy of Hurricane Harvey and its destruction is terrible but we can help,” per his page on fundraising site Crowd Rise.
Beckham, in announcing his $100,000 donation, indicated all funds raised will go to Americares & Samaritan’s Purse.
So far, Beckham’s efforts have raised less than $4,000 as of Thursday morning. Perhaps donations will see an uptick once more word gets out about the fundraising.
Beckham on Wednesday attempted to rally support with a passionate plea via Instagram, citing his experiences as a Louisiana native when Hurricane Katrina hit.
“What’s going on? It’s Odell Beckham Jr. here. As a Hurricane Katrina survivor, I remember the horror and terror that struck our nation many years ago when a storm touched down in my home state of Louisiana. I was only 13 years old. I was in the seventh grade. I saw how a great state and every other state came together to help rebuild and take care of our friends, family and loved ones. New Orleans is now stronger than ever, and Houston, you will be too.
“We as a nation have to come together and continue to bring support, relief and help these communities get back on their feet. So me, I’m reaching out to you to help this long-term recovery effort. Please join me in supporting Americare, which provides essential life-saving medical care and health supplies, as well as Samaritan’s Purse, which helps the residents navigate the restoration process, provide building supplies and personnel. Together we will make a difference.”
Houston Texans superstar J.J. Watt as of Wednesday has raised over an astounding $27 million for Harvey relief efforts. The Giants superstar’s fundraising efforts, despite not making quite the impact just yet, should nevertheless be hailed as a worthwhile and heartfelt gesture from someone who knows what those impacted by Harvey are going through.