Oishei Children's Hospital has long held a prominent spot in the thoughts of Buffalo Bills long snapper Reid Ferguson.
For the past four years, while in Western New York for the football season, he has made regular visits to patients.
When Ferguson discovered there was a way to show some gratitude to the staff that, like hospital staffs everywhere, form the front lines in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, he was quick to jump aboard. On Friday, Ferguson contributed $5,000 toward a $10,000 donation of pizza and other food from La Nova Pizza to the Oishei staff.
Deliveries were made for the day and night shift.
"I felt like it was near and dear to my heart," Ferguson said via Zoom from his offseason home in Atlanta.
For Ferguson, making the visits struck him as a natural tie into "helping out in the community. I just felt like it would be perfect."
Hey Buffalo, I have decided to partner up with La Nova Pizza to support the great people at Oishei Children’s Hospital. We are so grateful for all of the frontline workers in these times! #TrueHeroes @BuffaloBills @OCHBuffalo pic.twitter.com/ogd07603Ki
— Reid Ferguson (@SnapFlow69) April 10, 2020
The pandemic has presented its share of nightmares and hardships, but Ferguson has made an effort to handle them in stride.
In late June, he and his fiancée are due to be married in Texas. The wedding is still on, Ferguson said, but adjustments have been made to scale back the celebration to a much smaller gathering than had been originally planned.
"It's just understanding that everybody's going through the same thing," he said. "We're going to make it happen and I'm sure, at a later time, we can have something bigger."
Ferguson also has done his part to assist his younger brother, Blake, a long snapper from LSU, get the attention of NFL teams despite being unable to showcase his talents because of the cancellations of individual workouts and pro days. Blake did manage to get in front of scouts at the Senior Bowl in January and the NFL scouting combine in February.
Reid also helped his brother put together a video of about 20 snaps showing him release the ball and block to his left and right, and against various fronts.
"It was nothing too complicated," Ferguson said. "But it was something that teams can look at."