Quarterback Brees doubles COVID-19 donation to $10 million

New Orleans Saints Drew Brees throws a pass against the New York Jets in the first quarter during their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees upped his contribution to communities in Louisiana impacted by the coronavirus pandemic from $5 million to $10 million.

Brees and his wife, Brittany, announced Monday that their commitment is in direct response to the pressing need from healthcare centers and communities hit hard by COVID-19.

Brees said Monday that his latest $5 million donation was being made in partnership with Ochsner Health “to build numerous healthcare centers throughout Louisiana in the communities that need it most.”

“We will continue to bridge the gap to bring healthcare, education, and economic equity to all of our communities. We are proud to bring the first of these health care centers to New Orleans East later this year.”

On March 26, Brees donated $5 million to communities in need of meal support and food services in his adopted hometown of Louisiana.

He announced the donation on Instagram, writing:

“Brittany and I are committing $5,000,000 to the State of Louisiana in 2020. The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time. After considerable research and conversations with local organizations, we will be mobilizing our partnerships with Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders and Waitr to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need.

“Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.”

—Reuters/Field Level Media

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