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Donated millions to the Hamlin Toy Drive

FILE- In this Dec. 22, 2022 file photo, Pittsburgh defensive back Dammer Hamlin poses with a child after a toy drive at Kelly and Nina’s Daycare Center in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, January 3, 2022, the donation’s GoFundMe page raised over $4.4 million in 17 hours. FILE – Pittsburgh NCAA college football defensive back Damar Hamlin poses for a photo with Bryce Williams, 3, of McKees Rocks, Pa., after the youngster was ejected. (Matt Freed/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via Associated Press, File)

FILE- In this Dec. 22, 2022 file photo, Pittsburgh defensive back Dammer Hamlin poses with a child after a toy drive at Kelly and Nina’s Daycare Center in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, January 3, 2022, the donation’s GoFundMe page raised over $4.4 million in 17 hours. FILE – Pittsburgh NCAA college football defensive back Damar Hamlin poses for a photo with Bryce Williams, 3, of McKees Rocks, Pa., after the youngster was ejected. (Matt Freed/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via Associated Press, File)

Damar Hamlin’s goal was simple: She wanted to raise $2,500 online to buy toys for children in need.

It took two years.

Then came Monday when the Buffalo Bills safety was seriously injured and needed to have his heart restarted in a chilling scene at a nationally televised game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He instantly became one of the biggest sports stories and thousands of people found his page on the GoFundMe donation site.

Result: Over $5.5 million was donated in the first 24 hours following the injury. And the number keeps on increasing.

A campaign that had $2,921 in last month was at $5,495,550 at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday — nearly 183,000 people donated during that period, an average of $28. Some donations were small. Some reached up to $5,000. Some also came from players of the New England Patriots, who are scheduled to face Buffalo in their final game of the regular season on Sunday.

On an average, they have given 2.2 donations per second in the first 24 hours. And many people brought messages of hope to the 24-year-old attendant, sedated in a Cincinnati hospital in critical condition, refusing to travel with his teammates to Buffalo.

Michael Lynch wrote after donating, “There are moments in life when the world stops.” “We all pray for two things. May you have a speedy recovery and grow your impact in the world with your Go Fund Me.

Despite the team they support, the messages began to dwindle. One included a tag that read “We’re all Bills fans.”

Hamlin launched the GoFundMe page in December 2020. He had just finished his college career and was getting ready for the NFL draft process. He wanted to organize a toy drive at Kelly and Nina’s Daycare Center – a center he owns with his mother – in his hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, which has about 6,000 residents on the Ohio River.

“As I begin my NFL career, I will never forget where I come from and commit to using my platform to positively impact the community that raised me,” he wrote in setting up the event. Was.

He achieved this milestone with just 10 days of planning. Gifts flooded in, especially clothing donated by Pitt. Hamlin didn’t have an easy childhood: growing up he lost three friends to gun violence and his father spent three and a half years in prison for selling drugs. But Hamlin wanted to help others as soon as he could.

Toy drive started. On Monday, the world finally found him.

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