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Charles Woodson donates $100,000 to Red Cross for disaster relief

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Packers cornerback Charles Woodson was moved by the images of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, so he decided to do something about it: He’s donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

Appearing at a campaign event to support President Obama’s re-election, Woodson said that he has decided to make the donation because he believes those who have been given a lot also need to give a lot.

We’re in this together. Nobody goes it alone,” Woodson said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Woodson has long been one of the NFL’s most generous players. His past gifts have included a $2 million donation to support research at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital. Woodson said when he made that gift that he was inspired by his mother, who worked when he was growing up as a forklift operator and didn’t have a lot of money, but was always looking to help others with what she did have.

I mean, anything,” Woodson said. “Money, food, clothes. Anything, you know? She picked people up, took them to church, all that stuff.”

For a lot more reasons than being a professional football player, Woodson is making his mom proud.

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31 Responses to “Charles Woodson donates $100,000 to Red Cross for disaster relief”
  1. jaymc1988 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:08 PM

    glad to hear theres an athlete who isnt to big to help out the ‘little folk’ and is humble

  2. ppc50 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:12 PM

    Great gesture for a worthy cause. Also, a nice deduction before year end for taxes. Get a receipt Woodson.

  3. jeg07 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:17 PM

    Thumbs up.

  4. contra74 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:18 PM

    Great gesture by donating to those in need! I like Woodson as a person.

  5. mrcogburn says: Nov 1, 2012 3:19 PM

    Then he has his reward.

  6. mz1394 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:19 PM

    classy move

  7. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:20 PM

    nice to hear about this, hope other big money athletes will step up and help too, hmmm manning brothers? or anybody affiliated with NY or anywhere on the coast, p.diddy? russell simmons?

  8. thecashcartel says: Nov 1, 2012 3:26 PM

    Amazing gesture by a guy who is not affiliated with NYC one bit, just a big heart. How bout some NY millionaires help out some of their own kind who have made them rich?

    Literally thousands of people stranded outside their homes with no water in food. This 100K will feed hundreds of families. FOLLOW SUIT NY/rest of professional sport players.

  9. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Nov 1, 2012 3:31 PM

    Tip of the hat to you Mr. Woodson. Leading by example. I may disagree with his politics, but he obviously had a great role model in his mother.

    Deangelo Hall-THIS is a great guy. Take some notes. Not only is he a great guy, but can still run rings around you as a player!

  10. scoops1 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:35 PM

    The Yankees organization donated $500k, yet Charles donates $100k…and he don’t even live around here

  11. cali49er707 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:36 PM

    Awesome move by Charles. Unfortunately all that money will not reach those in need because, of greedy people affiliated with groups like the red cross.

  12. gnarlswoodson says: Nov 1, 2012 3:41 PM

    As a New Yorker, NYC to be exact, I couldn’t be happier to be a fan of Charles Woodson.

  13. krissharvey says: Nov 1, 2012 3:44 PM

    Great move Charles. You have long been a classy guy. Great, great player. I am a life long Giants fan and I loved when he gave a fist bumb to Nicks after getting beat for a one handed touchdown. This is the cherry on the cake. Lots of respect to him. Green Bay fans, you are lucky to have him.

  14. corytrevor says: Nov 1, 2012 3:46 PM

    And still only a fraction of what he donated to a Michigan hospital. Great guy

  15. deltaoracle says: Nov 1, 2012 3:52 PM

    Hope this disaster relief works out better than things did in Jamaica. All the money that was devoted to recovery there and years later they’ve still got displaced people living in tents. That really soured me on international or even national drives. I only donate now if it’s local or if I can mail directly to the individual(s).

  16. barrywhererufrom says: Nov 1, 2012 3:56 PM

    As a person who lives in the epicenter of the storm in lindenhurst..thank you Charles

  17. anrgydeafman says: Nov 1, 2012 3:57 PM

    He already donated 2 million to Michigan’s hospital for the children maybe a year ago and now this? Wow, what a guy!

    I hope Woodson will play forever so he can keep giving forever!

  18. 2difshoe says: Nov 1, 2012 4:21 PM

    Paying it forward ! That’s what good people do.

    Even a Bear fan can appreciate this from the enemy.

    Nice job Charles Woodson !

  19. rasalghoul says: Nov 1, 2012 4:42 PM

    How can anyone (besides Jay Cutler) not love this guy? Walks the walk and talks the talk. Even Bears and Vikings fans will be sad when he retires.

  20. wafflestomp says: Nov 1, 2012 4:45 PM

    We are all fans of this great game, but sometimes you have to stop and remember there are more important things in life than Football.

    Not many, but some.

  21. circuscivics says: Nov 1, 2012 4:50 PM

    “deltaoracle says:
    Nov 1, 2012 3:52 PM
    Hope this disaster relief works out better than things did in Jamaica. All the money that was devoted to recovery there and years later they’ve still got displaced people living in tents. That really soured me on international or even national drives. I only donate now if it’s local or if I can mail directly to the individual(s).”

    Bro, I’m from Jamaica and was just there in August. What displaced people in tents are you talking about? You mean Haiti? Get your Caribbean island right.

  22. aa1829 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:50 PM

    Charles, you have made your momma, where ever she is, extremely proud. We are also proud to say you are a Packer. Earlier post had it right, time to step up the rest of you wealthy sports and entertainment types, you know who you are.

  23. golforepar says: Nov 1, 2012 5:01 PM

    More players need to follow his lead. Pitch in, many people are in dire need!
    Woodson class act, on and off the field!

  24. raider23mike says: Nov 1, 2012 5:26 PM


    Same Red Cross charging $1 for coffee

    Should’ve donated to the salvation Army instead. We all know the lack of help the Red Cross gives (9/11) they rather take blood and donations than give a hand

  25. ppc50 says: Nov 1, 2012 6:06 PM

    It’s funny that posters used the exact word that I did “gesture”, yet I’m getting a lot of thumbs down, because, I assume, I mentioned that the $100K is a good tax deduction. The fact is it is and he will be collecting the max. amount off his income tax – believe me. Still a great cause.

  26. gojags says: Nov 1, 2012 6:12 PM

    This guy is a hero both on and off the field.

  27. j0esixpack says: Nov 1, 2012 6:32 PM

    Nice move and gesture. Jim Irsay would give $1 and spend $10,000 issuing a press release.

  28. hbac2 says: Nov 1, 2012 8:07 PM

    Nice job CW. Class act…

  29. Atlantic Canada Beer Blogger says: Nov 2, 2012 3:27 AM

    How has he not won NFL Man of the Year Award?

    Great example for everyone in and out of the NFL.

  30. carr3rules says: Nov 2, 2012 9:02 AM

    Cwood is nothing but class on and off the field, much like the entire Packer organization.

  31. dabears212 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:43 PM

    Being a Bears fan, I hate Woodson as a player (for obvious reasons) but this guy has a huge heart and this is a great, selfless act by Woodson.

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