Marshawn Lynch was seen handing out free face masks in his hometown of Oakland, California, to help protect people from COVID-19. The NFL running back did it while he rode on a cart that had the words “’Bout That Action” written on the side.
He gave out the face masks on Wednesday, April 22, which happened to be his 34th birthday. Someone tweeted a video of Lynch handing out the masks at Lake Merritt, which is situated in the center of the city. The protective wear, which has Lynch’s BEASTMODE logo on it, also comes with one of his business cards.
“Marshawn out here for the people, man,” one person said in the video.
A lot of people thanked the NFL player for his donation. Plus, there was one Twitter user who said Lynch gave out masks to the Alameda Point Collaborative, a housing community that provides homes to those who used to be homeless.
Lynch also gave masks to Alameda Food Bank, and between both places it’s said he gave out 7,500 masks. Someone else on Twitter said he gave even more masks to Highland Hospital in Oakland on Tuesday.
“Yesterday he donated to Highland Hospital today is his Birthday!!! I 😍 his heart Happy Birthday,” that person tweeted on Wednesday.
NBC News reports that six counties in the Bay Area recently received a new order that says everyone going out in public has to wear masks or possibly face legal punishment.
For years now, Lynch has given back to his Oakland community through his Fam 1st Family Foundation, which was started in 2011.
In 2018, his former team the Oakland Raiders and the NFL nominated him for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell once told NFL.com the award is for players “whose commitment to excellence extends on and off the field.”