With people being laid off due to COVID-19, Denzel Ward is stepping up to help. The Cleveland Browns cornerback is helping 21 people who are out of work pay their biggest monthly bills.
It’s safe to say we are living in some uncertain times right now. With the COVID-19 pandemic happening, our world is facing a situation most of us never even imagined could happen. And for some, the problem extends beyond the fear of the virus that’s spreading.
With states shutting down non-essential operations, many Americans are finding themselves without a job. While the American Stimulus package and an increase in unemployment will help, it’s not enough. Thankfully, there are some who are reaching out and doing what they can to help those affected by these job losses.
One such person is Denzel Ward of the Cleveland Browns. The team’s No. 4 overall pick in 2018, announced via his Make Them Know Your Name foundation that he will be helping some of those hurt economically during these times.
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Ward said that he will pay whatever the biggest bill is for 21 people out of work — and he’s looking for those in the service industry or those who had small businesses that have been hurt. In his statement, he said he was fortunate to help his neighbors and wants them to have some breathing room when it comes to their expenses.
"“It’s unique for me because the community I’m fortunate enough to play for is the community that helped raise me my entire life,” Ward said via Andrew Gribble of the team’s official website. “So to help your neighbors in a time when they might be struggling is just a no-brainer.”“Whether that’s rent or mortgage, or just groceries for your family, I want someone to breathe a little easier knowing that’s taken care of this month.”"
Ward, who chose 21 people since he wears No. 21, is just the latest in a long line of athletes who are doing their part to help keep Americans on their feet. Some of his teammates have also done their share of good deeds, including Baker Mayfield and Larry Ogunjobi who made sizable donations to the Cleveland Food Bank.
Cleveland is a tight-knit community and the players on the Browns often express their gratitude for being a part of that. It’s nice to see them also be willing to give back and help when it’s needed the most.