New York – Drew Brees has pledged an impressive $1 million to relief efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
The New Orleans Saints quarterback revealed his donation on CBS’ Person to Person, in an interview that will air Friday. The Drew Brees Sandy donation will come from the Dream Foundation that the athlete operates with his wife, Brittany. The football star would not reveal who will be receiving the money.
Speaking to Charlie Rose and Lara Logan of Person to Person, Drew Brees said that the Sandy donation was a matter of him and Brittany repaying their own good fortune:
“We want to be able to give back what’s been given to us.”
The quarterback added that the Dream Foundation will be giving away another $2 million to assorted New Orleans organizations over the coming months.
Elsewhere in the Person to Person interview, Drew Brees reflected on his busy family life, and his three sons Baylen, Bowen and Callen. The quarterback told Rose and Logan:
“There’s nothing like being a father. It’s the greatest thing in the world [...] it puts everything in perspective.”
The Saints star also explained the reason he was so eager to assist New Orleans area charities, saying that the area has become a new home to him:
“We feel to loyal and so tied to the city. It’s a very unique place. But if you love New Orleans, it’ll love you back.”
Many celebrities have urged fans to give money to relief efforts since Superstorm Sandy hit northeastern states, including LL Cool J, Jennifer Lopez, Cindy Crawford and Denise Richards. However, fewer have actually reached into their own pockets to give money away; the likes of Chelsea Handler and Drew Brees appear to be the exception.
One celebrity who definitely hasn’t donated is Donald Trump, despite a Twitter campaign to get the billionaire to cough up.