Donations in honor of Josh Allen’s late grandmother now exceed $1 million
Bills Mafia began rising to the occasion earlier this season following the passing of Josh Allen’s grandmother by making donations in her honor to a local hospital. With an exceedingly generous gesture this week by a devoted Buffalo Bills fan, those donations in support of Allen are now in excess of $1 million.
Oishei Children’s Hospital announced Monday that the facility received a $217,000 donation from longtime Bills fan Sue McCollum.
“I am grateful to be able to make this gift in honor of my late parents, Frederick D. and Joan R. McCollum. My parents loved their family, their hometown and we grew up knowing Sundays were made for Buffalo Bills football!” McCollum said in a statement, per Syracuse.com. “They’d be proud to know they are joining the Bills Mafia in honoring Josh Allen’s own grandmother and in doing great things for the kids in Buffalo.”
Allen, who has been doing philanthropic work with the Oishei Children’s Hospital during his three seasons with the Bills, was understandably blown away by the development. The star quarterback took to Twitter Monday afternoon to celebrate McCollum’s donation.
no way!! https://t.co/dafgOiMjbT— Josh Allen (@JoshAllenQB) December 28, 2020
As noted in Oishei Children’s hospital’s tweet, the donation was made to the Patricia Allen Fund, which of course was created in honor of the Bills quarterback’s late grandmother.
Patricia Allen passed away on Nov. 7, one day before the Bills faced the Seattle Seahawks in a Week 9 showdown. A grieving Allen led the team to a huge 44-34 victory, completing 31-of-38 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns while also adding a rushing touchdown.
Following Monday’s announcement, Allen and the Bills went on to demolish the New England Patriots, completing a rewarding season sweep of the team’s longtime tormentor with a 38-9 beatdown. Allen passed for 320 yards and four touchdowns in the season-defining victory.
Regarding the outpouring support by Bills Mafia, the passionate fan base is known for their gestures of generosity in such instances, as evidenced by what they collectively accomplished a few seasons ago in tribute to then-Cincinnati Bengals signal-caller Andy Dalton.