New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees pledges $5M to help coronavirus response in Louisiana
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Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, announced Thursday that he and his wife would donate millions to coronavirus relief efforts in the state of Louisiana.

In an Instagram post, Brees wrote that he and wife Brittany Brees would donate $5 million to help feed hungry Louisiana families struggling with economic instability as the coronavirus outbreak has caused many nonessential businesses around the country to close.

"Brittany and I are committing $5,000,000 to the State of Louisiana in 2020. The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time," he wrote.

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"After considerable research and conversations with local organizations, we will be mobilizing our partnerships with Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders and Waitr to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need. Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together," the one-time Super Bowl MVP added.

The Saints' quarterback was personally touched by the crisis last week when it was revealed that his team's head coach, Sean Payton, had tested positive for the virus.

"This is not just about social distancing; it's shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it," Payton told ESPN of his diagnosis and the outbreak in general.

"Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying," he added. "It's not complicated to do what they're asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact."