Please watch out for fake donation requests for Damar Hamlin who suffered a cardiac arrest during a primetime NFL game!
Scam Alert : Fake Damar Hamlin Donation Requests!
After Damar Hamlin suddenly collapsed from cardiac arrest during the primetime NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals, his GoFundMe page has exploded with donations – at publication time, it raised over $7.7 million!
However, scammers are apparently also trying to milk public concern for Damar Hamlin, and his family relayed a warning through his friend and marketing rep, Jordon Rooney, about people requesting cash app and GoFundMe donations in his name.
Damars parents wanted me to get this out there:
Beware of people requesting cash app donations and making GoFundMe’s.
If you do want to support Damar’s foundation, his initial toy drive campaign has turned into the central location for that.
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Damar Hamlin Donation Shifted From GoFundMe To Website
To avoid further confusion, the Chasing M’s Foundation created a new website to handle the donations directly.
When Rooney announced the new website, he shared that Chasing M’s Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organisation that is dedicated to “supporting the aspirations of youth and community members through sports, education, and enrichment opportunities“.
The executive director, Mario Hamlin, ask that people who wish to donate to the foundation, please do so through the new website. He also asked that people consider donating to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center trauma center, or buy your trauma center team and first responders lunch.
The Hamlin family appears to be making these moves to curb the donation scams that have mushroomed over public support for Damar Hamlin.
So please do NOT donate to any other Damar Hamlin initiatives, cash app requests, or GoFundMe pages. The only legitimate avenues for donations towards Damar Hamlin are:
- The Chasing M’s Foundation website
- University of Cincinnati Trauma Center
Alternatively, you can show your appreciation for first responders and trauma teams in your area, by buying them lunch.
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The Real Damar Hamlin Donation GoFundMe Page!
When he was still in college at the University of Pittsburgh, Damar Hamlin started a toy drive on GoFundMe called The Chasing M’s Foundation Community Toy Drive.
Its first program with a 2020 Community Toy Drive, which set a goal of just $2,500 to buy toys for “children who have been hardest hit by the pandemic”.
As I embark on my journey to the NFL, I will never forget where I come from and I am committed to using my platform to positively impact the community that raised me. I created The Chasing M’s Foundation as a vehicle that will allow me to deliver that impact, and the first program is the 2020 Community Toy Drive.
This campaign gives you the opportunity to contribute to our first initiative and positively impact children who have been hardest hit by the pandemic. 100% of the funds raised will go toward the purchase of toys for kids in need. The time to act is now, as we will be distributing toys on December 22nd from 3:30 to 5:30 PM from Kelly and Nina’s Daycare Center at 800 Russellwood Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136.
If you are not able to contribute monetarily, you can support this initiative in other ways. We are accepting donated toys at the Daycare Center or simply spread the word by sharing this fundraiser on your social channels.
Thank you so much for supporting me on and off the field. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with you to help make the holiday season a little brighter for the kids in our community.
The Chasing M’s Foundation
After Damar Hamlin’s sudden collapse on the field, and subsequent hospitalisation in critical condition, his family reused the GoFundMe page to continue funding his community initiatives.
This fundraiser was initially established to support a toy drive for Damar’s community, sponsored by the Chasing M’s Foundation.
However, it has received renewed support in light of Damar’s current battle and we can’t thank all of you enough. Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us.
If you would like to show your support and contribute to Damar’s community initiatives and his current fight, this is the place to do so. This is the only current fund that is being used by the Hamlin Family.
Again, thank you for your thoughts, prayers and generous support during this time.
Damar created The Chasing M’s Foundation to use as a vehicle to bring lasting impact to his community. The foundation supports toy drives, back-to-school drives, kids camps, and more.
Damar Hamlin Donation Not Used To Support His Mother’s Daycare
Jordon Rooney also clarified that the official Damar Hamlin GoFundMe donation page is not being used to fund his mother’s daycare centre.
He explained that it was set up as a toy drive during his college days, and the toy giveaway was held at his mother’s daycare centre. Hence, the address listed in the GoFundMe is still his mother’s daycare centre.
Donations sent to his official GoFundMe would be used to support his foundation, which now does more than just toy drives, but also back to school drives, kids camps and more.
This came after sports business analyst Darren Rovell posted that the Damar Hamlin’s official GoFundMe would fund his mother’s daycare centre.
Damars GoFundMe does not support his mother’s daycare.. This was a toy drive that he set when he was in college and held it at the daycare.
The donations will support his foundation, which does toy drives, back to school drive, kids camps and more. Yeah
Waking up to see the incredible news that more than $3.2 million has been donated to Damar Hamlin’s GoFundMe page that supports his mother’s Day Care Center.
This is the Google Earth photo of the address of the center that corresponds to the GoFundMe. pic.twitter.com/Q5e96cDSUL
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 3, 2023
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