Fresh off their comeback win over the Browns, several Ravens were giving back in the community early Monday morning as part of the organization’s “Pass it Forward” campaign.
The season-long “Pass it Forward” initiative involves current members of the team, Ravens alumni players, Ravens cheerleaders and mascot Poe, who will all be surprising fans with random acts of kindness at various Baltimore-area locations.
The goal is to create a positive social movement that begins with these events and encourages recipients to “pass it forward.”
“The Baltimore Ravens have a strong commitment to making a difference in our community,” Ravens president Dick Cass stated. “‘Pass It Forward is a great opportunity to inspire more kindness and generosity in the Baltimore region.
“We are beyond excited to team with our long-time partner Verizon Wireless to bring the ‘Pass It Forward’ campaign to Baltimore.”
Stops among the campaign early on Monday included Royal Farms, where players gave out prepaid gift cards to customers, the Fort McHenry Tunnel Toll Plaza where Justin Tucker and Justin Forsett were stationed in toll booths informing drivers that their tolls has been paid for, and the Maryland Zoo.
The afternoon session of the program involved tight end Crockett Gillmore and guard John Urschel visiting the Labor and Delivery ward at Franklin Square Hospital, giving gifts to newborns and their families.
Perhaps the most touching visit of the day came when Gillmore and Urschel gave thanks to the members of the Ellicott City Fire Department for their service during the August flood that ravaged the area in late July.
The two arrived at the fire station with numerous pizzas from Papa John’s and spent time touring the facility and visiting with the firefighters and EMS personnel on that were on duty and their families. Howard County executive Allan Kittleman was also on hand to thank the fire department staff for their efforts they provide each and every day in the community.
“It’s always important to give back to any cause but my brother-in-law is a firefighter so it really hit home for me to understand what they do and how they do it,” stated Gillmore on his involvement in the campaign. “It’s a big deal for me to pass forward but a bigger deal to me to work with fire and police.
“They’re giving up their time and their livelihood to service us, so we appreciate it.”
Much like a sports team, the brotherhoods and sisterhoods formed in the fire service are a lifelong partnership. The bond is second to none. Much like the bond the Ravens organization has with the communities of Maryland.
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