New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas teamed up with Raising Cane’s to provide 3,000 meals to frontline workers in the New Orleans area.
Thomas said he felt they’d been “grinding” and wanted to give back in some way.
“I wanted to do my part and support the frontline healthcare workers who are caring for our community,” Thomas said. “Just like the role they play, it's huge. Just like the role that they play in the community with the virus and along with just helping people every day with issues and putting their selves at risk.”
Thomas said meals will be distributed to employees in the Ochsner Health system.
The reigning AP Offensive Player of the Year said he reached out to Cane’s CEO Todd Graves about how to effectively execute his plan and Graves told him the chicken finger chain would match.
“Honestly, I was not expecting him to match me in any way,” Thomas said. “I just went to him just for advice, how I can get this done and feed healthcare workers. Then it was like when I sent that and he didn't even answer my question and he said, ‘I'll match you, whatever you donate.’
“I think that just shows a lot about the type of person he is. How much, like I said, New Orleans means to him. Cane’s is a Louisiana company that is based here, that started here. So this is where his heart is and they've done a lot of great things in the area to support the community.”