When one door closes, another one opens. And for Meals on Wheels, Colin Kaepernick is just the man to help in their time of need.
Last Thursday, it was announced that Donald Trump‘s administration planned to cut $3 billion from the Community Development Block Grant program that supports anti-poverty programs like Meals on Wheels.
“We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good,” White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters in a press conference. “We’re not going to spend money on programs that cannot show that they actually deliver the promises that we’ve made to people.”
The thing is, Meals on Wheels provided 219 million meals to 2.4 million seniors in 2016 alone, with the majority being veterans.
In an effort to financially help them and raise awareness of the importance of the organization, Kaepernick donating a whopping $50k to Meals on Wheels. The move was a non-verbal response to criticism Donald Trump threw Kaepernick’s way during a Monday rally.
“There was an article today … that NFL owners don’t want to pick [Kaepernick] up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” Trump said. “Do you believe that?”
But that’s not all.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is also raising awareness for Somalia’s need of food and supplies, with 6.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection.
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“Amazing news,” Kaepernick begins a Twitter video. “Turkish Airlines granted us an airplane to fly to Somalia. A 60 ton cargo plane so we can fly there with food, with water for these people.”
Adding, “Now we’ve started a GoFundMe page to allow anyone to help us donate food, donate water. We’ll make sure every cent goes to helping these people. This is a victory for the people, this is a victory for the people of Somalia.”
While the GoFundMe raised over $1 million in 24-hours, they’re still accepting donations.