The 22-year-old Tatum announced on Instagram Monday that he is pledging to donate $250,000 through his foundation in an effort to provide meals to those heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Boston along with his hometown of St. Louis.
Tatum isn’t alone in this initiative, as he teamed up with longtime friend and Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal, who is adding in $250,000 of his own donation. Tatum and Beal, who both attended the same high school, will match donations up to that amount as they joined Feeding America and Lineage Logistics to make this endeavor possible through the “Share a Meal” campaign.
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As this virus continues to spread, the future has never felt so unpredictable. And while I sincerely pray that everyone is staying safe, healthy and social distancing, the reality is this virus has negatively impacted our families, loved ones and communities in so many ways. Because of the hardships created through this national health crisis and in an effort to help those in need in the Boston and St. Louis area, I am, through The Jayson Tatum Foundation, partnering with @feedingamerica and @lineagelogistics on their “Share A Meal” campaign. Together, @lineagelogistics and The Jayson Tatum Foundation are pledging to match $250,000 in the Boston area and, with my good friend and fellow basketball player Bradley Beal, $250,000 in the St. Louis area, to help provide meals through @feedingamerica, @stlfoodbank and @gr8bosfoodbank. This campaign will help some of the hardest hit communities in Boston and in Brad and my hometown of St. Louis, receive meals. If you are able to help, I am asking my family, friends, fans and partners to follow the link in my bio to help make a difference in our communities during a very difficult time. I would especially like to thank all the frontline workers and volunteers who are working around the clock to keep all of us safe and healthy. Together…. we will make a difference. #NBATogether #ActsOfCaring
Tatum asked those who are able to contribute monetarily to consider doing so as the donation will go to either the Greater Boston Food Bank or the St. Louis Area Food Bank (here’s the link to make a donation: https://linktr.ee/jaytatum0).
Here at the CelticsBlog, we’ve tried to lend a helping hand to those in need by creating a fundraiser and partnering with the Boston Foundation. Please consider helping those who need assistance during this difficult time by following this link.