The Houston Texans donated $100,000 to help Houston-area youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The club contributed $50,000 to the YMCA of Greater Houston and $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston to support children and their families in need of essential goods and services.
"These funds will help these two great Texans partners provide critical services during this difficult time, including food distribution, emergency aid, childcare and virtual programming tools for members and their families," Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair said Wednesday.
The McNair family and the Texans have been active in supporting local nonprofits committed to serving the Houston Community. Last month, Texans Senior Chair Janice McNair announced a donation of $500,000 to the Houston Food Bank and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston Meals on Wheels on behalf of the McNair Family.
"Our mission is to be Champions for Youth and through these community partners, we are able to offer assistance to kids and their families during this time of great need across the greater Houston region," McNair said.
The YMCA of Greater Houston, serving Houston for over 130 years, is meeting critical community needs during this time, providing childcare for essential personnel, food distribution and social services for vulnerable populations and virtual engagement experiences for all ages.
"We are grateful for our continued partnership with the Houston Texans," YMCA of Greater Houston President and CEO Steve Ives said. "Their support enables us to address critical needs and support our community in powerful, life-changing ways. It is imperative that we are able to provide essential services and we can not do this without the support of others."
In collaboration with strategic partners, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (BGCGH) is also providing resources such as food distribution for families and virtual programming for the youth during this period of school and work closures. BBCGH uses donations to ensure that locations will be immediately ready and able to meet the needs of children, teens and families when club locations reopen.
"We are so appreciative of this gift," BGCGH President and CEO Kevin Hattery said. "These funds are coming at a critical time for our organization and the families we serve. This contribution will ensure we can continue to provide direct services to kids who are most vulnerable. The Houston Texans have supported us in many challenging situations and we are proud of the good work we've been able to accomplish together. We are grateful to have the Houston Texans as a partner in doing whatever it takes to build great futures for kids in our community."
On Tuesday, head coach Bill O'Brien and wife Colleen donated $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank. A number of Texans players, including J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson, Laremy Tunsil, Jon Weeks and others, have also contributed to those in need during the COVID-19 crisis.
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