People like Bill Gates have no problem sliding part of their paychecks into the hands of lucky staff members. The Microsoft CEO, among others, has made a generous difference in the lives of others. For rookie NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson, his first paycheck was a milestone. However, the selfless athlete decided to donate the $27,353 to three cafeteria ladies working at the NRG stadium.
“For what you all do for us every day and never complain, I really appreciate you all, so I wanted to give my first game check to y’all to help y’all out in some type of way,”
The three lucky ladies were working to support family members who had been affected by Hurricane Harvey. The ribbon-wrapped envelopes were, undoubtedly, their very own glimmer of hope.
“Hopefully, that’s good and that can get you back on your feet. And anything else y’all need, I’m always here to help.”
The heartfelt video of the emotional moment has since gone viral, and I can tell you now that tissues are essential!
Athletes have a long history of charitable acts, donating medals and paychecks to those in need. While most have the means to make monetary pledges, others make more personal contributions. When local Kansas man Roy Coe grew sick with lymphoma, an anonymous NFL player donated bone marrow.
“That was a pretty good day,” he explained. “It was good to know that there was somebody out there.”
Doctors revealed only two years later that Coe’s donor was, in fact, a famous athlete. Though his identity will remain a secret to the public, Coe will soon get to meet his mystery savior.
“He probably saved my life,” Coe explained. “I owe him a big old ‘thank you’ for that.”
Not only did Coe go into remission — he got to witness a once-in-a-lifetime Super Bowl. I guess modern-day fairytales do come true.
The holidays are nearing, and the charitable cheer is just about to pick up speed. Celebrity chef José Andrés is Puerto Rico’s very own Santa Claus, whipping up meals for thousands of flood victims. For shelter animals across the U.S., Christmas is coming early, thanks to Petsmart’s donation of 30 million meals. Also sharing the love is NFL player Chris Long, who pledged all his season checks to education groups.
“In my 10th year, I want to celebrate the awesome opportunity I’ve had to play football by giving back to the communities that have given me that gift,” Long said in a statement.
His $1 million salary will go to groups and scholarship funds in various states. In a society influenced by hate culture, proper education is vital for change.
“Educational opportunity and equity are the best gateway to a better tomorrow for everyone in America.”
Long has stood alongside teammates to protest racial inequality and police brutality. He has since launched the “Pledge 10 For Tomorrow” campaign to aid underprivileged children.