Kyle Rudolph donates 82,000 meals, hopes to raise money for 600,000 in all

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Vikings right end Kyle Rudolph always takes great care of his community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rudolph and his family will donate 82,000 meals to those most affected by the adjustments to daily life resulting from the outbreak.

“Growing up, I never had to worry about not having meals if we didn’t have school, and that’s not the case for a lot of kids around our community,” Rudolph told Vikings.com. “There’s a lot of families who are going without meals because mom and/or dad aren’t able to work right now . . . so we wanted to do something here for the families in our community that we know are being directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The chosen number of meals wasn’t a coincidence.

“What better way than to kick it off with 82,000 meals?” Rudolph said. “We kind of like the number 82 in our house, so we thought that would be a great way to get this started, with a goal of much more. We have unbelievable support from a few people who have always been behind us through different hospital initiatives that we’ve done, and they’re right there behind us helping us with this.”

Rudolph’s goal is 600,000 meals, which will require him to raise $200,000. You can make a donation to the effort here.

Other current and former Vikings are engaging in their own efforts to raise money, including Chad Greenway, Adam Thielen, and Anthony Barr.

There are plenty of worthwhile charities that are helping folks in need during these turbulent times. We salute everyone for their efforts, and we encourage you to support a charity of your choice.

18 responses to “Kyle Rudolph donates 82,000 meals, hopes to raise money for 600,000 in all

  1. I love when multi-millionaires ask regular people to donate their money. Here’s an idea. Send an email to the other hundreds of multi-millionaire football players with the link for them to donate.

  2. Not familiar with Fundraising and Charity “Dennis”?

    VERY common folks who have $$ to seed an effort with their own money and then solicit participation from every day folks, not millionaires.

    Get a clue Mr. Negativity…

  3. Packers players would never do this – just because Green Bay sucks so much

    +++++++

    I do recall Aaron Rodgers getting grief for donating $1 million dollars after the tragic California wildfires. Rudolph’s approx. $250,000 donation to provide meals to the needy should be applauded….too.

    Carry on with your note.

  4. Dennis Carson says:
    March 23, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    I love when multi-millionaires ask regular people to donate their money. Here’s an idea. Send an email to the other hundreds of multi-millionaire football players with the link for them to donate.
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    Regular people will donate money when put into specifics. Yeah, he has more money than your average American but it sets an example. This is a guy who has impacted thousands of kids and families he didn’t have to. Rudolph has one of the coolest charities I’ve ever seen, when children are lead onto a plane to meet Santa and get life altering toys, smiles and happiness in the replica of the North-Pole. Why would you belittle a person like that.

  5. settlefornothingnow says:
    March 23, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Packers players would never do this – just because Green Bay sucks so much
    _________

    It’s really quite sad and pathetic that Green Bay, and their players, consume so much of your fragile psyche that it seems you can’t even appreciate all the good that people do.
    Too bad.

    Anyway, kudos to Kyle Rudolph for being such a standup guy for his community.
    And a big thank you to Greenway, Thielen, and Barr for doing what they can too.
    We all need to pitch in.
    We are facing unprecedented times right now, scary times, and we are all much stronger when we all stand together.

  6. Dennis Carson says:
    March 23, 2020 at 8:36 pm
    I love when multi-millionaires ask regular people to donate their money. Here’s an idea. Send an email to the other hundreds of multi-millionaire football players with the link for them to donate.
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    Maybe these “multi-millionaires” do send other “multi-millionaires “ emails…how would anyone know what personal emails these people send? I don’t understand people who question how someone trying to make a positive impact in their community goes about getting it done. The bottom line is people need help and he’s stepping up and trying to get something done to help them. There are a lot of professional athletes that help their communities both where they are from and the cities they play in…and a lot of that help is facilitated by their money but also by normal people willing to kick in a few extra bucks if they have it.. the “regular people” you are referring to aren’t obligated to do anything…the ones who donate do so because they want to help out others who are in need due to events no one can control…I’m sure the people receiving the help appreciate it regardless of where it comes from…

  7. Packers players would never do this – just because Green Bay sucks so much
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    At least you’re not being classless and using this to troll.

    FYI, a story about the Packers donating a large sum of money was posted an hour before this story.

  8. 1. Thank you to all those out there that are trying to help their fellow man.
    2. If you can’t put football aside and your dislike for other teams in this time of need, on this article, then get out of here.
    3. Thank you PFT for saying the words; “We salute everyone for their efforts, and we encourage you to support a charity of your choice.” Help whatever or whoever is important to you. There is no wrong answer in helping people in need.
    4. How can any of you give thumbs down to things like this? Oh, I know. Some of you are simply horrible human beings.

  9. Dennis Carson says:
    March 23, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    I love when multi-millionaires ask regular people to donate their money. Here’s an idea. Send an email to the other hundreds of multi-millionaire football players with the link for them to donate.
    ___________

    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you’ll be taking the standard deduction on your taxes this year and you have a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker on your car.

  10. Classy move by a classy man. Glad he’s still with the Vikings.

    Meanwhile, I’m waiting on Colin Kaepernick’s donation. Yeah he’s not in the NFL, but Nike is paying him more money than he’d make playing football. Just saying.

  11. Rudolph is just a great person and an equally great role model. Every team has them, and I wish those were the guys the NFL world focused upon rather than the other selfish doorknobs.

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