Born and raised in Chico, California, and with over $100 million in his bank account, it was only a matter of time before Aaron Rodgers stepped in and made a major contribution to help with Camp Fire relief. The Green Bay Packers star quarterback did so in a big-time way, too.
On Wednesday, Rodgers, wearing a “Butte Strong” sweatshirt, tweeted a video to announce a $1 million donation to the North Valley Community Foundation and toward fire relief efforts in Butte County, where he grew up. He also encouraged the social media world to retweet him with the hashtag “#retweetforgood” to help donate even more money.
State Farm, Rodgers’ longtime sponsor, will donate $1 per retweet up to $1 million. There was nearly 50,000 retweets by the middle of the afternoon.
Camp Fire, which began nearly three weeks ago, has killed 81 people and 870 remain missing.
“In Northern California, where I was born and raised, the city of Paradise burned to the ground and many of the residents that got out are now displaced in my hometown of Chico and across the north state,” Rodgers said. “Let’s help these people begin to heal and rebuild.”
Rodgers was a star at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico before playing a Butte College in nearby Oroville, California. He then transferred to California in 2003 before becoming a All-Pro signal caller, NFL MVP, and Super Champion quarterback with the Packers.
According to the NVCF, the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund will support victims of the Camp Fire and will focus on kids programs, youth and high school sports and housing.
With so much damage to the area, it will most certainly cost more than $2 million to help rebuild, but you better believe Rodgers will be there every step of the way until it is done.