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Bills Mafia Raise Over $500K for Charity to Honor Josh Allen’s Grandmother in Touching Tribute

Written by Mike Rickard II

Buffalo Bills fans have done it again, showing their love not only for their beloved team, but their love for the Western New York community, raising $534,000 (as of this writing) to help out Oishei Children’s Hospital. After Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen’s grandmother passed away on November 7 (the night before the Bills’ game against the Seattle Seahawks), members of the Bills Mafia suggested donating $17 to Oishei Children’s Hospital in honor of the quarterback’s grandmother.

The funds quickly grew as fans from around the country contributed to the local children’s hospital. Josh Allen was moved by the gesture, with ESPN reporting him saying:

“My family is forever engraved here, myself included. I don’t ever want to leave. I want to play for as long as I can and give back to this community and Bills Mafia.”

Josh also contributed to the fund, noting via Twitter:

Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen was blown away by the donations.

Although the Bills Mafia is known for its wild tailgating antics, this outpouring of support is a reminder of why Buffalo has the nickname “The City of Good Neighbors” and how Western New Yorkers are extremely charitable.

If you’d like to donate to the cause, click here.

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Mike Rickard II

Retired bank robber and author of "Wrestling's Greatest Moments", "Laughing All the Way to the Bank Robbery, "Flunky: Pawns and Kings," and "Don't Call Me Bush Beans: The Legend of a Three-Legged Cat." Pro wrestling and hockey fan. Hired gun for several pro wrestling sites and a top 10 YouTube wrestling channel. Available in regular and extra-strength.