- The Washington Times
Thursday, January 27, 2022

It’s January, so that means it’s giving season for NFL fans.

Last postseason, after the Buffalo Bills knocked the Baltimore Ravens out of the playoffs — and Lamar Jackson out of the game with a concussion — Bills Mafia donated more than $350,000 to a Louisville-based charity that is one of Jackson’s favorites.

This year, it’s a Bills player whose preferred charity is being flooded with donations after a loss: Kansas City Chiefs fans have raised more than $300,000 for a Buffalo children’s hospital after their team bounced quarterback Josh Allen and the Bills out of the playoffs.

As of Thursday morning, Chiefs fans have raised $312,800 for Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, according to the hospital. 

The effort began Thursday with $13 donations in honor of the 13 seconds it took for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City offense to drive down the field and set up the game-tying field goal that sent the contest to overtime. The Chiefs won the coin toss and scored on a touchdown for the 42-36 win that advanced the team to the AFC title game.

Allen became connected with the Oishei Children’s Hospital when Bills fans donated in $17 increments — totaling $1.1 million — in honor of Allen’s grandmother, who died last year.

• Jacob Calvin Meyer can be reached at jmeyer@washingtontimes.com.

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