In the first 12 hours after the accident, his foundation raised over $3 million.
purpose of Asphalt Hamlin It was simple: He wanted to raise $2,500 to buy toys for children in need.
It took almost two years.
Then came Monday, when the safety of New Yorkers buffalo bill He was seriously injured and his heart needed to be restarted on the field in a chilling scene that unfolded during a nationally televised game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He instantly became one of the biggest stories in sports and thousands of people found his fan page. GoFundMe,
The result: Nearly $3.7 million in donations in the first 12 hours and the numbers continue to grow.
A fundraiser that had added up to $2,921 as of last month has grown to $3,637,590 as of Tuesday, with nearly 130,000 people donating an average of about $28. Some donations were small. Some donated more than $5,000. An average of about three donations were made every second in that initial 12-hour window.
And many came with messages of hope for a 24-year-old who is sedated in a Cincinnati hospital in critical condition and with some teammates unwilling to fly back to Buffalo to be near him.
“There are moments in life that make the world stop,” wrote Michael Lynch, who donated on Tuesday morning. “We are all praying for two things. Your speedy recovery and may your impact on the world be amplified by your page GoFundMe,
Many messages from fans tell the world that they support other teams. came with a Hashtags which read: “We are fanatics of all Bills,
In a statement on Tuesday, the family of Asphalt Hamlin Expressing our heartfelt gratitude for the love and support shown to Asphalt during this difficult time. We have been deeply touched by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans across the country.”
hamlin started it GoFundMe In December 2020. He was completing his college degree and preparing for the NFL draft process. he wanted to drive a toy Kelly and Nina’s Daycare Center in his hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, a place with about 6,000 residents on the south bank of the Ohio River.
“As I begin my journey to the NFL, I will never forget where I come from and commit to using my platform to positively impact the community that raised me,” he wrote. Asphalt Hamlin When creating a campaign. “I made Chase M Foundation as a medium that will allow me to have that impact, and the first program is the Community Toy Drive 2020. This campaign gives you an opportunity to contribute to our first initiative and make a positive impact on the children who have been most affected by the pandemic.
They organized the first event with about 10 days of planning. Gifts poured in, some of them clothing donated by Pitt, where he had just finished playing. Hamlin’s upbringing wasn’t easy: Three close friends were murdered, and his father served nearly three and a half years in prison for selling drugs. But Hamlin wanted to help others as soon as he could.
Declaration straight from the Asphalt family: pic.twitter.com/MdzgxUmVfg
— Jordan Rooney (@jordonr) January 3, 2023
So, the toy drive began. And on Monday the world finally took notice.
many donations came from fans of Bills, affectionately known as the “Bills Mafia”, and this isn’t the first time they’ve shown their support. In recent years, Bills fans have shown their support for Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s foundation after he left a game in Cincinnati, also with an injury; The Ravens lost a playoff game to Buffalo after a donation from Lamar Jackson to the Baltimore quarterback; And many donated $16.88 to the Punt Pediatric Cancer Collaborative in West New York following the death of player Luke Knox this summer.
Luke Knox’s brother, Dawson Knox, plays in Bills, The $16.88 was a nod to his bib number.
This report used information from The Associated Press.