Spring 2021 Magazine

Steelers tight end Vance McDonald pledges $30,000 to victims of Tropical Storm Imelda

Steelers tight end Vance McDonald is partnering with Christian non-profit organization Convoy of Hope to raise money for those affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.

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Vance and his wife, Kendi McDonald, are matching up to $30,000 in donations, supporting Convoy of Hope in its mission of “delivering hope by sharing food, water, emergency supplies, agricultural know-how and opportunities that empower people to live free of poverty and hunger.”

Convoy of Hope is a non-profit, faith-based, humanitarian relief organization based in Springfield, Mo. More than 115 million people have been served throughout the world by Convoy of Hope, as it works with local churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits to provide help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

For McDonald, who did not play in Pittsburgh’s Monday night game as he deals with a shoulder injury suffered in last week’s game, teaming up with Convoy of Hope to help those around his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, was an easy choice. He’s driven by his faith, as is Convoy.

In August, McDonald talked with The Undefeated about Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, and how his Christian faith intersects with Tomlin’s example.

“[Tomlin] does a great job of his approach as coach, and as leader of the Steelers, of applying Biblical and Christian truths but doing it in a way that’s not right in your face,” McDonald said. “And it’s super-delicate: You’re going to overstep or you’re not going to present it as much as you should. It’s delicate, but he does a great job. He does it humbly, and he does it well, because guys respond to things that he says. And when you are a Christian in the audience, you’re like, ‘Hey, I know exactly what he’s talking about.’”

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