Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson calls out ‘Invoice’s Mafia’ for donating $ 360,000 to charity
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson thanked the Buffalo Bills fan base Monday, whose donations reached $ 360,000 to one of his favorite charities.
“Appreciate that Mafia bills,” Jackson wrote on Twitter. “Not only means a lot to me, but also to these children.”
Support for the “Blessings in a Backpack” chapter in Louisville began Saturday night after the Bills’ 17-3 victory over the visiting Ravens in their AFC division playoff game in which the reigning NFL MVP was ruled out late in the third game became fourth with a concussion.
As of Monday there were 13,600 individual donations from Bills fans, who are affectionately known as “Bill’s Mafia”.
“It was just overwhelming – in the best possible way,” said Nikki Grizzle of “Blessings in a Backpack”.
Jackson, a Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Louisville, raised $ 25,000 for charity through autograph sessions in 2018. In less than a day after Buffalo’s playoff win over Baltimore, Bills fans had raised more than ten times that amount.
The organization’s mission is to mobilize communities, individuals and resources to provide weekend elementary school children across America with food who may otherwise go hungry. According to its website, the program can feed a child on the weekends for a 38-week school year for $ 130.
This is the latest charitable gesture from Bills fans. At the end of the 2017 regular season, when quarterback Andy Dalton led the Cincinnati Bengals to a win that helped the Bills qualify for the playoffs, they did something similar for Dalton.
Bills fans also donated in droves to the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital earlier this season after it was revealed that Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen’s grandmother had died. Donations for this cause eclipsed $ 1 million.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss contributed to this article.