Jacksonville QB donates $10,000 to Orlando victims, families

Jun 16, 2016

"Dear Orlando" campaign postcard
Credit City of Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Jaguars want their fans to help the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.

At EverBank Field on Thursday, Jaguars quarterback and central Florida native Blake Bortles said he’ll lead the team’s effort by donating  $10,000 from The Blake Bortles Fund to the OneOrlando Fund, a non-profit in support of the Orlando shooting victims and the LGBT community.

“I can’t even imagine what the families of these victims and their friends are going through, as well, as the first responders that have been a part of this,” Bortles said.

The Jaguars will be accepting online donations through June 24, and those who donate $25 or more will receive an “Orlando United” hat.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry also announced the “Dear Orlando” postcard campaign.

Visitors can write to write postcards to the shooting victims and their families starting on Monday at all Jacksonville public libraries, Curry said. The city will mail the cards July 30, the International Day of Friendship.

"In my moments of silence — when I'm alone — I'm thinking of you; I'm thinking of all of you, victims, families, friends, first responders, leaders. Orlando, I send my love," Curry wrote in his postcard.