Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward generously donated $200K this week in support of those affected by the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.
During an interview on ESPN 1000’s “Waddle and Silvy” on Friday, Heyward said he wanted to make sure kids whose meals may come from school each day were cared for. Chicago Public Schools is closed through April 20 due to the coronavirus.
Half of Heyward’s donation went to MASK — Mothers Against Senseless Killings — and the other half to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
“I know there’s a lot of people, a lot of things that needs to be done, a lot of people that still need help. We just wanted to help take care of kids and make sure they have meals,” Heyward said. “I know a lot of places were keeping schools open just for the fact that [they were] trying to make sure the kids get food during the day.
“That was their one or two opportunities to eat, because everyone has it differently. Any way we can help the food, it was something to try and ease people’s minds, and take one thing off the plate of other groups of people, and hopefully, give some help to other areas.”
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With everything going on, first I wanted to say that I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! I’m partnering up with both M.A.S.K and CHICAGO FOOD BANK to help kids in Chicago get what they need while schools are shut down. I have been lucky enough to call Chicago my home for the last four years and it’s in times like these that the city needs to come together. I hope this donation can help inspire others to support local organizations providing food and much needed assistance; especially for the city’s youth. Social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t be good social citizens. Love, 22
Major kudos to Heyward for stepping up in a big way during an extremely trying time.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs easily on your device.