More than $200,000 donated to Oishei after Josh Allen loses grandmother


UPDATE 1:00 p.m. Nov. 10

More than $230,000 has been donated.

UPDATE 8:56 a.m. Nov. 10

Donations have now surpassed $200,000. A total of 10,791 donations were made across the United States, Canada and other parts of the world.

Kaleida Health says it is planning a special ‘thank you’ to the Bills Mafia. Details on that will be shared soon.

UPDATE 7:30 a.m. Nov. 10

More than 10,000 people have donated a total of $191,500. Today is Oishei’s third “birthday” in its new location.

UPDATE: 8:51 p.m. Nov. 9

More than $150,000 has been donated.

UPDATE: 5:46 p.m. Nov. 9

Bills Mafia has now $100,000 in donations to Oishei Children’s Hospital in less than 24 hours- and they are still coming in steadily, a hospital spokesperson says.

“On behalf of our patients and staff, we cannot thank them enough for choosing to support us in honor of Josh’s grandmother,” the statement says. “We are planning a special thank you to Bills Mafia, in her honor, that we will be sure to share.”

Allen shared the following statement Monday evening:

“I can’t tell you how special it is to see the outpouring of support for me and my family during this tough time. The donations made to OCH in honor of my grandmother would make her so proud. Thank you Bills Mafia! It is an honor to be your quarterback.” 

-Josh Allen

UPDATE : 3:12 p.m. Nov. 9: As of 2:50 p.m. Monday, there have been over 3,400 donations made to Oishei Children’s Hospital in honor of Josh Allen’s grandmother, totaling just over $62,000.

“We are again incredibly honored that Bills Mafia has selected us as their way to remember Josh’s grandmother,” a hospital spokesperson said in a statement. “This donation will make a significant impact on our hospital and the patients we serve.”

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Bills fans are coming together in a big way.

Head Coach Sean McDermott revealed after Sunday’s game that Josh Allen had lost his grandmother on Saturday night.

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In her honor, the Bills Mafia got together on Reddit and started giving $17 donations to Oishei Children’s Hospital. 17 is Allen’s number.

The effort spilled over onto Twitter, where it took off. As of Monday at 12:52 p.m., more than 1,100 donations have added up to more than $34,650.

On Monday morning, Andrew Bennett, the Vice President of The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation, joined us on Wake Up! to discuss this.

“We are overwhelmed by the incredible support from Bills Mafia, not just here in Western New York, but across the country,” Bennett says.

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