Earl Thomas, Jamaal Charles pledge $100K, set up Port Athur 409 relief fund

Jamaal Charles running during Denver Broncos OTAs

The start of the NFL season has unfortunately coincided with the wrath of Mother Nature. Many players and teams have given millions of dollars to relief funds for victims impacted by the devastating hurricanes. Among them are Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas and Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles, who have teamed up to help those in their home town of Port Arthur, Texas.

This excerpt comes directly from Charles via his personnel blog. He shares a touching message, as he and Thomas both have family roots in Port Arthur.

“That’s one of the reasons Earl Thomas and I started the 409 Relief Fund, Charles blogged. We’re both from that area and proud of it, and now it’s our turn to help our community and give back to the people who raised us. We’ve each pledged $50,000 to the fund, and we’re asking that anyone who can help out by donating to the cause as well. It doesn’t have to be a lot. Whether it’s $1 or $5, every little bit helps. Whatever you can do, we ask that you please just help us as much as possible so that we can help the people who are really hurting get back on their feet.”

This is the direct link to donate to Charles’ and Thomas’ relief fund.

It is touching to see players and teams come together, putting aside any differences to simply reach out and help those in need. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt spearheaded a donation through the Red Cross that has already raised over $31 million in funds.

Once word gets out, we hope to hear about an overwhelming response from those wanting to contribute to Thomas’ and Charles’ fund.