What started as a gesture to buy Jaguar’s putative number 1 overall, Trevor Lawrence, a gift from his wedding list, has grown into a boon to Jacksonville charities.
It all started earlier this month when Jaguar fan Eric Dillard started a fundraiser on Twitter to raise enough fan donations to purchase a $ 300 toaster that was on theknot.com online registry for Lawrence and his bride Marrisa is listed.
After the toaster came a vacuum.
And after the vacuum came the best part: donating money to Lawrence’s election charities.
In less than 10 hours, Jaguar fans donated $ 5,000. And within a week, $ 11,088 was raised.
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But it didn’t stop there.
After their private wedding on April 11th in Bluffton, SC, Lawrence responded via Twitter with a gesture of his own: a donation of $ 20,000 of the newly married couple’s own money to charities in Jacksonville.
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“We hope to be part of your community soon,” wrote Lawrence on Twitter on Sunday. ‘Thank you Jaguar fans. We very much appreciate the wedding favors and donations to charities of our choice. ”
But it could be the gift that goes on and on.
On Monday, six-time PGA Tour winner Billy Horschel responded to Lawrence’s tweet recommending his favorite charity, Feeding Northeast Florida, as a worthy recipient – and offering to support Lawrence’s donation should he choose to support the local nonprofit who stand up for those who fight to put food on the table.
What started as a movement to buy a toaster could ultimately help feed a community.
Lawrence goes into next week’s NFL Draft and is believed to be the number 1 Jaguar. It’s the first time the Jaguars have voted number 1 in their franchise history after their 1:15 success last season. Lawrence is considered the talent of the generation after his 34-2 success as a three-year starter at Clemson.