New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees donates $5 million to coronavirus fight
By Bob Garcia
The quarterback and his wife make a huge contribution to several local causes
The coronavirus outbreak is taking over businesses and sports all around the world. In Louisiana, there are more than 2,300 positive cases with COVID-19 as of yesterday morning, and 83 deaths due to the virus. That’s why New Orleans Saint quarterback Drew Brees has announced that he and his wife will be donating $5 million to help businesses in the state to help dealing with the challenges of a virus that spreads so easily.
Brees made the announcement on his Instagram account yesterday, saying that the money will be helping several restaurants – many of which he has an ownership stake – as well as a big hospital chain and a few charities like Second Harvest Food Bank, so 10,000 meals can be delivered per day to people in a financial struggle. Brees also mentioned that he and his wife will be partnering with Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders and Waitr. “The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time,” said Brees. He hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to help children on meal programs, seniors and families in need.” He added, “Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.”
The quarterback and his wife have been running Brees Dream, a foundation that has donated tens of millions of dollars helping different charitable programs in the New Orleans area and the Gulf Coast. This foundation is dedicated to improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as helping with healthcare and wellness for children and senior citizens.