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Minnesota punter donates bowl gifts to children’s hopsital


Minnesota punter Peter Mortell is not only the 2015 “Holder of the Year” and a legend on social media, but a downright great guy as well. He proved that just a week before the Golden Gophers’ Quick Lane Bowl game.

Everyone knows that the players get cool gifts for participating in a bowl game. Mortell made sure that some children at the St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis. He took his gift from the Citrus Bowl last season, a $452 Best Buy gift card, and used it for them.

He also wanted to help another hospital out even more as he started a GoFundMe campaign named “A Very Specialist Christmas.” He raised the goal of $10,000 for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in just 12 hours, so he decided to bump it up to $25,000.

“The feedback and support from the community was overwhelming even up to a few months ago, so I said, ‘How can we do something bigger and better and reach more people with this giving community that we have?’ ” Mortell told the Minneapolis Star Tribune last weekend. “And the scary thing is I don’t think we are even close to being done.”

The campaign has now raised more than $21,000 and is still growing. He also plans to give away his $200 gift card this year and would love his teammates to join him.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports


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