RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Former Benedictine College Preparatory player and current Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell has donated $100,000 to a pair of relief organizations in the Richmond area.
“Clelin embodies everything I love about Richmond: Its strength, its resilience, and its sense of community,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said in a press release. “His contribution will help hundreds of families, as well as our city as a whole, emerge from this crisis safe and supported.”
The Eviction Diversion Program will receive $50,000, while the other $50,000 will go to the Family Crisis Fund in Richmond. The fund is a partnership between the city and the Robins Foundation “to mitigate the impact on vulnerable children and families.”
“When I got in contact with the mayor, first off, I wanted to know, through this crisis, what are the most apparent things that we need right now? What’s the worst of the worst?” Ferrell told 8News. “He mentioned the Family Crisis Fund. A lot of people haven’t been working and don’t have a source of income right now. All of the money that they’re using is going to bills.”
The 22-year-old Richmond native, who was the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft told 8News he wanted to do his part in helping out the city he called home for so many years.
“A lot of families, especially in the East End and the South Side parts of Richmond, which are close to my heart because I’m from the South Side, a lot of those families don’t have necessities,” he said.
8News asked Ferrell why he chose to support the Eviction Diversion Program?
“Richmond has already had one of the highest eviction rates in the country for cities,” he explained. “Going through this, sad to say, it’s going to get worse because people have bills to pay but they can’t work. The sad part about it is, people are getting evicted for $200 or $300.”
The money will be distributed by non-profit organization Enrichmond.
Watch 8News’ sports anchor Natalie Kalibat’s full interview with Ferrell above.
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