Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pats put money where hearts are for bomb victims


Win or lose this season, the New England Patriots are putting their best collective foot forward.

Since the horrific events that took place at the Boston Marathon this week, players from the team have been pledging via Twitter do their part for the victims of the bombings.

Defensive back Devin McCourty was the most recent one to join the ranks, posting Wednesday that he will pledge $100 for every tackle he makes and $200 for every interception during the 2013 season.

Newcomer Danny Amendola was the first to step up, as the wide receiver posted his pledge late Monday. The former Ram will be donating $100 for every pass he catches and $200 for every dropped pass.

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork has set up a fund through his foundation that will donate all proceeds through the end of the month to help those affected. Wilfork pledged that the Vince Wilfork Foundation will donate an additional $10,000 if a 1,000 people donated through his cause. Wilfork and the foundation accomplished that feat in three hours.

At the time of this post, the foundation was aiming at 2,000 donors, at which time Wilfork's wife, Bianca, will donate an additional $5,000. The tally was at 1,700 donors as of Wednesday evening.

Patriots CEO Robert Kraft and his family also got into the action, releasing a statement via the team's website about the tragedy and pledging to match the first $100,000 of donations made.

"We are grieving for the victims of this senseless act,” Kraft said. “It is not lost on us that this tragedy occurred on Patriots Day, at an event where our own staff and their families were participating, and where thousands of runners were raising money for charities with which we are associated either through our Foundation, our alumni or our friends. Our focus is on helping those in need and beginning the healing process. We hope by matching donations we will encourage more people to give.”

If you would like to donate to the relief fund, we have posted some links below. Our thoughts continue to go out to those affected by this senseless act.

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