Vikings Rookie WRs Justin Jefferson, K.J. Osborn Give Back During Pandemic
Vikings rookie wide receivers Justin Jefferson and K.J. Osborn haven't signed their first NFL contracts yet, but they're still stepping up and helping out during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Jefferson, who the Vikings selected in the first round of this year's NFL draft, recently teamed up with a pair of companies to donate 10,000 face masks to Children's Minnesota.
Masks are one of the best tools we have in the effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Jefferson's donation not only provides masks for children, parents, and health care workers, but it helps raise awareness on the importance of widespread mask usage.
"Excited to donate much needed Bella+Canvas masks to Children's MN with the help of the Vikings in an effort to flatten the curve," Jefferson wrote on Instagram. "We just sent 10,000 masks yesterday to fight COVID-19, but it only works if everyone wears their mask."
Osborn, a fifth-round pick, went with a different route to help fight against this pandemic. He recently returned to his hometown of Ypsilanti, MI, and donated bottles of hand sanitizer to residents of the community.
“It’s great; it’s huge,” Osborn told MLive. “It’s something I wanted to do since I was a kid. I’ve been blessed to be in a position I’m in to be able to come back here to my roots and give back to the community. It’s the first of many so I’m really happy.”
These two rookie receivers are following in the footsteps of the veteran leader at their position. Earlier this offseason, Adam Thielen's foundation donated $100,000 to various causes to help families during this crisis, and also hosted a radiothon to raise additional funds.
Back in March when this pandemic began in the United States, the Wilfs and the Vikings organization donated $500,000 in COVID-19 relief.
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