Washington Football Team left tackle Charles Leno Jr. is a noted humanitarian, and on Tuesday he took his philanthropic efforts a step further. The 29-year-old announced that he and his family had donated supplies including socks, razors and combs to aid refugees fleeing Afghanistan.
Posting a picture with his two daughters Carsynn and Oaklynn, Leno noted that he had donated 720 different supplies to Mobile Hope, a nonprofit philanthropy. 720 is a nod to his playing number, 72, which he has worn since entering the NFL in 2014.
According to Mobile Hope’s website, their organization focuses on providing “support and emergency shelter to youth up to age 24 who are at-risk, precariously housed or homeless and empowers them to become self-sufficient.”
Leno is not a newcomer to philanthropy. While a member of the Chicago Bears offensive line the past seven seasons, Leno came up with the idea for Leno Claus.
Per Nathan Smith of the Chicago Bears, “The Bears starting left tackle decided to count down the 25 days to Christmas with a separate charitable act every day,” like donating to dozens of youth charities, giving blankets to Chicago’s homeless community, and aiding families affected by suicide.
Leno also pointed out in his Twitter post that he and his wife Jennifer were introduced to the Mobile Hope by fellow Washington center Chase Roullier and his family. Roullier has been an active philanthropist for some time, donating autographs, building furniture, and giving away authentic WFT gear with proceeds benefitting various causes.
Leno has already been praised for his efforts with Afghan refugees. The NFL Players’ Association commented on Leno’s Tweet with “Incredible,” and the Washington Football Team Community Relations department also relayed their appreciation for their O-line.
To learn more about Mobile Hope, visit their website here at mobile-hope.org.
To see Leno and Roullier in action, tune into NBC Sports Washington at 5 PM on Saturday for Washington Football Kickoff Live starts as the WFT takes on the Baltimore Ravens in the final preseason game.