Jets contribute $500,000 to storm relief

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Earlier this week, the Jets joined the Giants, matching their in-stadium neighbor’s $500,000 to the relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The Jets posted an item on their website regarding the donation, but they chose not to send out a press release.

The funds contributed by the Jets were divided among the Mayor’s Fund for NYC Hurricane Relief, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, and the Nassau and Suffolk County branches of the Salvation Army.

“Our hearts go out to all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy,” Jets owner Woody Johnson said.  “The Jets hope that these donations will make a difference in the lives of those people.  We will continue to find ways to assist those in need and encourage our fans to find ways to help with these efforts.”

The Jets also plan to honor those affected by the storm at the Thanksgiving night game against the Patriots.  One hundred first responders will hold a field-sized American flag during the playing of the National Anthem, and they will form the tunnel through which Jets players pass during introductions.  The Jets also will have a moment of silence before the opening kickoff to honor those affected by the storm.

The hurricane relief effort highlights the tensions between public charity and private contributions.  The Eagles, for example, have made a donation, supported telethons, taped PSAs with key players, and assisted with clothing drives and food banks — without any overt effort to publicize their actions.  Though press releases could inspire others to be involved, some prefer discretion.

We’ll keeping our eyes and ears for proof of efforts by teams other than the Jets, Giants, Eagles, Dolphins, Vikings, and Colts.  Though any of the other 26 who have contributed may have opted against fanfare, they deserve credit.

11 responses to “Jets contribute $500,000 to storm relief

  1. Kudos to every NFL franchise that has contributed to the “storm relief” cause. Let’s hope the rest follow suit.

  2. While I would like it if every team contributed, I must ask why so many people think it is mandatory. I don’t remember every team being “required” to contribute after other disasters. Did every team contribute on its own after Katrina, for example? If so, great; if not, this looks like just another example of one set of rules for my native Northeast and one for the peasants.

    And yes, I’ve contributed on my own.

  3. It’s funny to me that when the Giants did this right after the storm a bunch of people started yelling about how cheap they were for only giving 500,000 however no one says anything here. Being from the area that was hit by the storm I thank each and everyone who gives anything no matter how big or small. I do agree however that it was a little slow coming from them.

  4. I think it would be a good idea if all the major news organizations would each donate $1,000,000 to the Red Cross to help the victims of hurricane Sandy. NBC can start it off and then all the others would feel obligated to contribute just as Mike Florio is suggesting the NFL teams do.

  5. Unlike the Giants the Jets made their donation without a press release…jets showed class, while the giants wanted to recognized. That game against Pitt was a slap in the face to all the victims…the game should have been played later in the week or in Pitt, like when the nfl made the saints travel to the giants after hurricane Katrina (the could have played in Dallas or LSU)…..

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