Kraft, Patriots pledge to match up to $1 million in Harvey Relief Fund donations

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FOXBORO -- The Kraft family and the Patriots announced on Monday that in an effort to provide support to the people of the Houston area as it deals with Hurricane Harvey, they are offering to match all funds donated to the American Red Cross in support of Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund up to $1 million.

A page has been set up by the American Red Cross, and all donations made there will be matched by Robert Kraft up to $1 million.

"Houston is a special city to our family and our organization," Kraft said in a statement. "The New England Patriots and our fans have celebrated two of our franchise’s greatest and most memorable moments in Houston. The city was a tremendous host for Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 and once again this past February for Super Bowl LI. Houston could not have provided more support to us during those visits, and we welcome the opportunity to provide this support when Houston needs it most.

"When natural disasters have impacted our country, they have always unified communities and rallied support throughout the nation. We have already heard stories of heroic rescues and strangers helping strangers in this time of need. These stories have inspired us, as we always encourage bringing communities together, building bridges and helping others. We are eager to join in these efforts and provide our support."

There are several Patriots players who hail from Houston or the surrounding, including Danny Amendola, Eric Rowe, Elandon Roberts (who went to the University of Houston) and Cam Fleming. 

“Mr. Kraft is a good guy,” Rowe said yesterday. “I see him doing a bunch of charity stuff. He has a good heart . . . just for him to match, I’m sure it’s gladly appreciated.”

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