“Let’s get through this together but let’s do it by staying home,” Jaguars owner says.
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan said March 24 he will personally commit $1 million to Northeast Florida nonprofits responding to the impact of COVID-19.
In a news release, the Jaguars said the donation is designed to provide “essential support to local organizations focused on the immediate health and well-being of First Coast residents.”
The $1 million is divided among five organizations:
• $400,000 to Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund that provides immediate support for children, families, seniors and veterans.
• $75,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida for meals to food-insecure residents.
• $75,000 to the Clara White Mission to support Downtown Jacksonville’s homeless population.
• $50,000 to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund for student and teacher supplies and technology to transition to digital home learning.
• $50,000 to the American Red Cross North Florida Region to support Anheuser-Busch’s initiative for blood drives.
“I want to say thank you to every group or individual who is personally stepping up for the people of Jacksonville during these uncertain times,” Khan said. “It’s my privilege to help.
“However, the most important gift is the one everyone in Jacksonville can share with one another, and that’s to heed the direction of our health authorities here and nationally so we can get past this safely and successfully. Let’s get through this together but let’s do it by staying home. We’ll catch up in Jax soon, in good health and spirit, and I look forward to that day.”
The news release said Khan will make additional donations as Northeast Florida’s response to COVID-19 continues.