BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44)- It’s not really the holiday season unless you give something back, and no one knows that better than Joe Burrow.
During his Heisman acceptance speech, the LSU quarterback used his moment to bring attention to child hunger in his hometown. But the message didn’t stop in Ohio. Tiger fans started a campaign of their own.
Josie Bonnette, a spokesperson for Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, said the Burrow’s kind gesture went a long way.
“With Athens they’ve raised so much money and they just wanted to make sure the tigers here are being fed,” Bonnette said.
The origianl goal of the fundraiser was to get 5,000 dollars for the food bank to buy meals for struggling kids. But the numbers kept doubling and tripling until the bank ended up with 50,000 dollars.
“We’ll use that money to feed those in our community and really take what Joe has brought to the table and make it go even further by making sure these kids get fed,”Bonnette said.
To Bonnette and other people working or volunteering at the food bank, giving back to those who can’t afford to go grocery shopping is the ultimate Christmas gift.
“It’s definitely something that Joe is bringing to the table for all the right reasons,” Bonnette said.