Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers announced over social media on Wednesday that he will donate $1 million to aid those affected by the wildfires in California.
The situation in the Golden State hits home for Rodgers, who is a native of Chico (Calif.) and attended Butte College and the University of California.
“The California wildfires have devastated countless communities,” the 34-year-old Rodgers said in a video posted on Twitter. “In Northern California, where I was born and raised, the city of Paradise burned to the ground, and many of the residents who got out are now displaced to my hometown of Chico, and across the north state. I personally reached out to my friends and the mayor of Chico to find out how to be of the most help. And raising money for both immediate needs and the long-term recovery is what is needed most right now.
“This is why I’m partnering with the North Valley Community Foundation and donating $1 million to help with recovery and eventual rebuild of these communities.”
One of Rodgers’ long-time corporate partners, State Farm, will also donate $1 up to $1 million for every retweet of his post through Sunday — using the hashtag #retweet4good.
A two-time NFL Most Valuable Player, Rodgers has thrown for 3,073 yards with 19 touchdowns against one interception this season.for the Packers (4-5-1).
Green Bay faces the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday (8:20 p.m. ET).