January 02, 2018 08:36 PM
UPDATE: Bills fans have helped push total donations to Andy Dalton's charity to $170,000. In an update Tuesday evening, Dalton thanked the 7,000 donors who contributed to his foundation over the past couple of days.
Update: 7,000 donors, $170,000. This is incredible. Let’s keep it up! pic.twitter.com/fOEwEyCCfR
When the Buffalo Bills made the NFL playoffs Sunday night it ended 17 years of agony for fans. How they made the playoffs inspired Bills' fans to donate tens of thousands of dollars to a foundation that helps families with sick kids.
The foundation belongs to Andy Dalton, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback who threw a late-game, winning touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens.
The touchdown got the Bills into the playoffs and started a frenzy of donations. In 48 hours, the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation collected more than $100,000.
Dalton went on Twitter Tuesday.
Andy Dalton, Bengals quarterback: "And so we cannot thank you enough. This has been unbelievable and lets keep it going."
The foundation says most of the donations came from New York and most were for $17, the number of years the Bills missed the playoffs.
Amy Floyd, Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation: "Honestly it's just been completely incredible and inspiring."
Amy Floyd is the Executive Director of the Foundation. I reached her on Skype.
Brean: "When did you realize that something special was happening here?"
Amy Floyd: "I started getting, I get all the email notifications to my phone when we start getting donations."
Floyd says her phone started going crazy Sunday night, after the game, while she was with family celebrating New Year's Eve. The foundation was getting 10 to 15 donations a minute.
Amy Floyd: "Buffalo fans are everywhere. We've gotten donations from Australia, Israel, a lot in Canada."
Brean: "It all started with the touchdown pass on Sunday. And it accomplished so many things. It got the Bills in the playoffs and now it's essentially raised more than $100,000. It's amazing what one touchdown pass has done."
Floyd: "Honestly, I think this is a story football fans want to hear and needed to hear. The Daltons have been saying all year long that they feel like God has been working through them in some way and they didn't know what the end result was going to be. And he's pretty clear in his message."
The foundation says it received donations from more than 4,500 people. One of them was Adam Rich from Rochester. On Twitter, Rich said "it's the least I could do for a guy who helped end 17 years of agony."
Click here to reach the foundation's webpage.
Updated: January 02, 2018 08:36 PM
Created: January 02, 2018 12:40 PM
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