Bryce Harper donates $500K to Philadelphia, Las Vegas organizations to '#CrushCovid'

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Philadelphia Phillies superstar Bryce Harper announced a $500,000 donation to help those in immediate need in Las Vegas and Philadelphia during the coronavirus pandemic.

Harper and his wife, Kayla, are giving the money to Direct Relief and Three Square foundations in Las Vegas, his family’s “first home” and where he grew up, and to the Philabundance in Philly, where he signed a record-breaking deal in 2019. The money is for COVID-19 relief efforts.

“We are blessed to be together as a family during this pandemic but realize many do not have the same luxury,” Harper wrote. “As the world battles COVID-19 and its effects, we are keeping the faith and praying for a swift return to normalcy.

“Now is the time to come together and adhere to the guidelines of medical professionals! We are wishing the best to all with our prayers during this time.”

Direct Relief is a humanitarian organization active in each state and more than 80 countries that attempts to improve the health and lives of those impacted by poverty or emergencies. It is currently working to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers.

Three Square Food Bank is working on emergency food distribution for students who rely on school lunches and families that have been impacted financially by the pandemic. At Three Square, $1 equals three meals. In 2019 the group said it distributed more than 41 million meals, the equivalent of 50 million pounds of food and groceries.

Philabundance is building and distributing emergency food boxes in a nine-country service area. The Philadelphia 76ers and Sixers Youth Foundation made a six-figure donation earlier this week that will feed 160,000 people, the organization announced.

Bryce Harper, left, poses for a photo with his wife Kayla after being introduced as a Philadelphia Phillies player during a news conference at the Philadelphia Phillies spring training baseball facility, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla. Harper and the Phillies agreed to a $330 million, 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Bryce Harper and his wife Kayla are giving back to the communities in Philadelphia and Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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