By Mark Gaughan
Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats has provided $5,000 worth of support to a Buffalo family that lost all of its possessions in a house fire last month, the American Red Cross reports. Moats purchased toys and computers for the family's children, furniture and other necessities. He delivered the gifts at a private dinner catered by One Eyed Jack's restaurant at the administrative headquarters of the American Red Cross serving Erie and Niagara counties. Due to concerns regarding client confidentiality, the organization is keeping the family's identity anonymous.
"This family has been through so much the past few weeks, and it’s my honor to be able to help them get back on their feet," Moats said. "I hope all of Western New York will join me in helping our neighbors in need by making a donation to the American Red Cross."
The family has been receiving assistance from the Red Cross since the fire in early April. Last year 1,046 people in Erie and Niagara counties received food, clothing, shelter and support from the organization after a fire or other disaster.
Moats, meanwhile, also is one of several NFL players designated as a United Way worldwide spokesman. He has supported United Way programs for numerous years and encourages people to volunteer time in their communities.