Following the generosity of Bills fans to the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation, the Bills Mafia has begun making $70 donations in honor of Eric Wood to the Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation and the Eric Wood Fund.
Wood is being forced to retire with a neck injury.
Donations are being made via this link.
Wood, through his own Eric Wood Fund, partnered with the hospital during the season for a series of events in the fall. The annual Flights and Bites event raised $57,000 for the foundation and Stone's Buddies, a program to help families of chronically ill children who have spent significant time in the hospital.
“We are grateful to everyone who participated, and for their role in helping to support our community’s children who face chronic illness, special needs and physical challenges,” Wood said after the event. “Year after year, our city demonstrates its generosity and selflessness. This special evening’s results prove the power of teamwork.”
Wood, with help from several Bills offensive linemen, also helped take 50 kids who have spent significant time in the hospital this year to dinner and on a shopping spree with $300 to spend at Walmart.
Much like the donations to Dalton's foundation and an organization supporting Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd after the Bengals' dramatic Week 17 win helped the Bills get into the playoffs, the campaign for Wood is being driven by Bills fans on social media.
Among the most prominent people sharing tweets and urging support is Del Reid from 26 Shirts.
"By giving to a charitable cause that a player has invested his time and efforts in off the field, fans are able to tangibly thank that player for the joy he's brought them by his actions on the field," Reid said.
"Calling Eric Wood a class act isn’t enough. I’m struggling to find adequate words to describe him. He is one of the most humble and selfless professional athletes you’ll ever meet."