Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis has come through in a big way for a local organization in need, raising $30,000 to replace stolen Christmas gifts.
Family Resources, a local non-profit that prevents and assists victims of child abuse, had been collecting coats, hats, gloves and toy for the holiday season, with the Bus Stops Here Foundation’s help, but their facility was broken into with all they had collected stolen two weeks ago.
Bettis had announced on Twitter last Tuesday he would be auctioning off a pair of signed jerseys to raise fund for the cause and the gesture was a tremendous success, as the funds raised will not only allow the nonprofit to replace the stolen gifts, but buy additional supplies to help struggling families.
“When I received a call with this heartbreaking news, I knew I had to do something,” Bettis said in a release. “I immediately put out social media posts asking for support, and the generosity that came through was incredible.”
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015, Bettis is eighth on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 13,662 yards. After beginning with the Rams franchise, Bettis spent the final ten years of his career in Pittsburgh, making four Pro Bowls and winning Super Bowl XL in his final game.