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Damar Hamlin's Toy Drive Tops $8M in Donations After Bills Safety's Cardiac Arrest

Adam Wells

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Damar Hamlin #3 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates after a play during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Highmark Stadium on December 17, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)
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Fans have rallied to show their support for Damar Hamlin after the Buffalo Bills safety suffered a cardiac arrest on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday.

An online toy fundraiser set up by Hamlin in 2020 has received more than $8 million in donations since the postponement of Monday's game.

Hamlin originally set up a GoFundMe with a goal of raising $2,500 to buy toys that would be distributed at Kelly and Nina's Daycare Center in his hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

There have been more than 235,000 donations to the GoFundMe account.

Jon Metler @JonMetler

Remember when Bills Mafia donated to Andy Dalton's charity when he helped them make the playoffs? Dalton hasn't forgotten either. <a href="https://t.co/i0cfC4mxCZ">pic.twitter.com/i0cfC4mxCZ</a>

Field Yates @FieldYates

There has been an outpouring of support from fellow NFL players to Damar Hamlin's Toy Drive.<br><br>Tom Brady just came through with a $10,000 donation ✊<br><br>Continue to support here: <a href="https://t.co/JKFTd6oI9C">https://t.co/JKFTd6oI9C</a> <a href="https://t.co/6vAjBMhMAy">pic.twitter.com/6vAjBMhMAy</a>

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ravens?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ravens</a>, who will play in Cincinnati this weekend, made a $10,003 donation to the Chasing M's Foundation charitable fund in support of Damar Hamlin.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Donations to Damar Hamlin's Chasing M's Foundation Community Toy Drive are now over $7.5 million, including the recent $19,203 donation from the <a href="https://twitter.com/ChicagoBears?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ChicagoBears</a> — 1920 being the year the Bears were founded and No. 3 being Hamlin's number.<a href="https://t.co/NDMtrF5sP4">https://t.co/NDMtrF5sP4</a>

"Something I've always been into just giving back, something I've been doing back home in Pittsburgh for three years, I've been doing the toy drive, so just being able to extend it to Buffalo now is just something I love doing," Hamlin told Olivia Proia of WKBW ABC in Buffalo (h/t Boyette and Salahieh) during a toy drive last month.

The Bills said in a statement that Hamlin is in critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest. His heartbeat was restored on the field before he was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for additional testing and treatment.

The incident occurred late in the first quarter after Hamlin collided with Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins as he was making a tackle. Hamlin got back to his feet but immediately collapsed to the ground.

After a long delay, the NFL initially announced the game was suspended before ultimately postponing it. The NFL Players Association said it has been in contact with the league, as well as players for the Bills and Bengals.

Hamlin, 24, is in his second season with the Bills. He was a sixth-round draft pick out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2021. He has appeared in 29 games in his NFL career.