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FOR MANY IT’S RECALLING MEMORIES OF THE RESPONSE TO HURRICANE OF THE RESPONSE TO HURRICANE katrina IN 2005. katrina IN 2005. HODA. HODA. >> BLAYNE ALEXANDER, THANK YOU. >> BLAYNE ALEXANDER, THANK YOU. WE ARE SO HAPPY, SO HAPPY TO BE WE ARE SO HAPPY, SO HAPPY TO BE JOINED BY OUR PAL DREW BREES. JOINED BY OUR PAL DREW BREES. DREW, IT’S NICE TO SEE YOUR FACE DREW, IT’S NICE TO SEE YOUR FACE THIS MORNING. THIS MORNING. HOW ARE YOU? HOW ARE YOU? IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU. IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU. HOPEFULLY WE HAVE A GOOD HOPEFULLY WE HAVE A GOOD CONNECTION. CONNECTION. I WAS HEART BROKEN WATCHING I WAS HEART BROKEN WATCHING BLAYNE’S PIECE BUT WHAT’SABOUT W BLAYNE’S PIECE BUT WHAT’SABOUT W GOING ON IN NEW ORLEANS. GOING ON IN NEW ORLEANS. THERE’S SUCH A NEED. THERE’S SUCH A NEED. THEY NEED HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT, THEY NEED HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT, ALL KINDS OF STUFF. ALL KINDS OF STUFF. ALL OF A SUDDEN ON MY TWITTER ALL OF A SUDDEN ON MY TWITTER FEED I SAW $5 MILLION FROM DREW FEED I SAW $5 MILLION FROM DREW BREES. BREES. I SAID, HE CAME THROUGH AGAIN. I SAID, HE CAME THROUGH AGAIN. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DO THAT? WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DO THAT? >> JUST LIKE YOU SAID, THERE’S >> JUST LIKE YOU SAID, THERE’S SO MANY PEOPLE IN NEED RIGHT SO MANY PEOPLE IN NEED RIGHT NOW. NOW. OBVIOUSLY THE STATE OF LOUISIANA OBVIOUSLY THE STATE OF LOUISIANA THRIVES ON SMALL BUSINESSES, AND THRIVES ON SMALL BUSINESSES, AND WE’RE A HOSPITALITY STATE. WE’RE A HOSPITALITY STATE. SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS AROUND THE AFFECTED BY THIS AROUND THE COUNTRY BUT ESPECIALLY IN NEW COUNTRY BUT ESPECIALLY IN NEW ORLEANS. ORLEANS. SO WHEN BRITTANY AND I THINK SO WHEN BRITTANY AND I THINK ABOUT NEW ORLEANS AND PEOPLE’S ABOUT NEW ORLEANS AND PEOPLE’S GREATEST — JUST BASIC NEEDS, GREATEST — JUST BASIC NEEDS, THAT IS TO MAKE SURE THEY AND THAT IS TO MAKE SURE THEY AND THEIR FAMILY ARE FED AND THAT THEIR FAMILY ARE FED AND THAT WAS WHERE WE WANTED TO START. WAS WHERE WE WANTED TO START. OBVIOUSLY THERE’S A LOT MORE OBVIOUSLY THERE’S A LOT MORE WORK THAT’S GOING TO NEED TO BE WORK THAT’S GOING TO NEED TO BE DONE AND WE’LL EVALUATE THAT AS DONE AND WE’LL EVALUATE THAT AS WE GO ALONG BUT CERTAINLY WE WE GO ALONG BUT CERTAINLY WE WANT TO HELP. WANT TO HELP. >> I THINK, DREW, PEOPLE DON’T >> I THINK, DREW, PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THE NEED FOR FOOD IN NEW KNOW THE NEED FOR FOOD IN NEW ORLEANS. ORLEANS. THE NUMBERS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE NUMBERS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN STAGGERING TO ME BUT ONE IN SIX STAGGERING TO ME BUT ONE IN SIX LOUISIANA HOUSEHOLDS STRUGGLE TO LOUISIANA HOUSEHOLDS STRUGGLE TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE. PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE. ONE IN FOUR SENIORS ARE HUNGRY. ONE IN FOUR SENIORS ARE HUNGRY. ONE IN FOUR CHILDREN. ONE IN FOUR CHILDREN. I MEAN, IF THERE EVER WAS A I MEAN, IF THERE EVER WAS A NEED, THIS IS IT. NEED, THIS IS IT. YOU CAME TO NEW ORLEANS POST YOU CAME TO NEW ORLEANS POST katrina. katrina. BACK THEN I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE BACK THEN I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAVE WORST THING THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO OUR STATE. HAPPENED TO OUR STATE. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS COMPARES HOW DO YOU THINK THIS COMPARES IN YOUR MIND? IN YOUR MIND? >> WELL, THIS IS A DEVASTATING >> WELL, THIS IS A DEVASTATING THING FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE BUT THING FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE BUT ESPECIALLY FOR THE STATE OF ESPECIALLY FOR THE STATE OF LOUISIANA. LOUISIANA. LIKE I SAID, SO MANY PEOPLE ARE LIKE I SAID, SO MANY PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED IN THE HOSPITALITY AND INVOLVED IN THE HOSPITALITY AND RESTAURANT INDUSTRY, INVOLVED IN RESTAURANT INDUSTRY, INVOLVED IN A SMALL BUSINESS IN SOME WAY OR A SMALL BUSINESS IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER, SO OBVIOUSLY THOSE HAVE ANOTHER, SO OBVIOUSLY THOSE HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE ONES HARDEST BEEN SOME OF THE ONES HARDEST HIT. HIT. EVEN WITH THE STIMULUS PACKAGE EVEN WITH THE STIMULUS PACKAGE THAT WILL HOPEFULLY GET PASSED THAT WILL HOPEFULLY GET PASSED TODAY, IT’S PROBABLY GOING TO TODAY, IT’S PROBABLY GOING TO TAKE A WHILE BEFORE PEOPLE SEE TAKE A WHILE BEFORE PEOPLE SEE THE BENEFITS OF THAT. THE BENEFITS OF THAT. HOW DO THEY SUSTAIN, SURVIVE? HOW DO THEY SUSTAIN, SURVIVE? THAT’S WHY WE HAVE TO COME THAT’S WHY WE HAVE TO COME TOGETHER AND MAKE SURE WE GET TO TOGETHER AND MAKE SURE WE GET TO THIS TOGETHER. THIS TOGETHER. >> YOU’RE NOT THE MAYOR OF NEW >> YOU’RE NOT THE MAYOR OF NEW ORLEANS BUT YOU’RE PRETTY ORLEANS BUT YOU’RE PRETTY DOGGONE CLOSE, SO IF YOU’RE DOGGONE CLOSE, SO IF YOU’RE SAYING SOMETHING TO THE PEOPLE SAYING SOMETHING TO THE PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS THAT ARE PROBABLY OF NEW ORLEANS THAT ARE PROBABLY WATCHING YOU THIS MORNING, WHAT WATCHING YOU THIS MORNING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM? WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM? >> I’D SAY HANG IN THERE AND >> I’D SAY HANG IN THERE AND MAINTAIN HOPE. MAINTAIN HOPE. OBVIOUSLY WE’VE BEEN THROUGH A OBVIOUSLY WE’VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF TOUGH TIMES TOGETHER, LOT OF TOUGH TIMES TOGETHER, WHETHER IT’S HURRICANES, OIL WHETHER IT’S HURRICANES, OIL SPILLS, FLOODS. SPILLS, FLOODS. THIS IS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE THIS IS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE BITS OF ADVERSITY THAT WE’RE BITS OF ADVERSITY THAT WE’RE GOING TO COME OUT BETTER ON THE GOING TO COME OUT BETTER ON THE OUTSIDE. OUTSIDE. WE’VE GOT TO STICK TOGETHER. WE’VE GOT TO STICK TOGETHER. OBVIOUSLY IT MAY GET A LITTLE OBVIOUSLY IT MAY GET A LITTLE WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER BUT WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WE’LL BE AT THE END OF THE DAY WE’LL BE BETTER BECAUSE OF IT. BETTER BECAUSE OF IT. >> CAN WE TALK FOOTBALL FOR JUST >> CAN WE TALK FOOTBALL FOR JUST A SECOND. A SECOND. YOUR COACH AND FRIEND HAS BEEN YOUR COACH AND FRIEND HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS. DIAGNOSED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS. HAVE YOU SPOKEN WITH HIM? HAVE YOU SPOKEN WITH HIM? >> I DID SPEAK WITH HIM WHEN HE >> I DID SPEAK WITH HIM WHEN HE WAS DIAGNOSED AND A FEW DAYS AGO WAS DIAGNOSED AND A FEW DAYS AGO WHEN HE GOT CLEARED. WHEN HE GOT CLEARED. HE’S MAINTAINING GOOD SPIRITS, HE’S MAINTAINING GOOD SPIRITS, EXTREMELY POSITIVE ATTITUDE. EXTREMELY POSITIVE ATTITUDE. HE ALSO RECOGNIZES, YOU KNOW, HE ALSO RECOGNIZES, YOU KNOW, JUST THE DANGER IN THIS. JUST THE DANGER IN THIS. I KNOW THAT HE’S ENCOURAGED I KNOW THAT HE’S ENCOURAGED EVERYONE TO FOLLOW THE ORDERS EVERYONE TO FOLLOW THE ORDERS AND GUIDELINES PUT IN PLACE. AND GUIDELINES PUT IN PLACE. DON’T PUT YOURSELF OR YOUR DON’T PUT YOURSELF OR YOUR FAMILY IN ANY TYPE OF RISK. FAMILY IN ANY TYPE OF RISK. LET’S GET OVER THE HUMP WITH LET’S GET OVER THE HUMP WITH THIS THING AND MOVE ONTO BIGGER THIS THING AND MOVE ONTO BIGGER AND BETTER TIMES. AND BETTER TIMES. >> YOU THINK WE’LL HAVE A >> YOU THINK WE’LL HAVE A SEASON, A FOOTBALL SEASON? SEASON, A FOOTBALL SEASON? WHAT DO YOU THINK? WHAT DO YOU THINK? >> WELL, IF I WAS SPEAKING FOR >> WELL, IF I WAS SPEAKING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, I WOULD SAY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, I WOULD SAY THAT ONE OF THE TOUGHEST THINGS THAT ONE OF THE TOUGHEST THINGS ABOUT THIS, HONESTLY, TYPICALLY ABOUT THIS, HONESTLY, TYPICALLY SPORTS BRINGS AMERICA THROUGH SPORTS BRINGS AMERICA THROUGH TOUGH SITUATIONS, RIGHT? TOUGH SITUATIONS, RIGHT? IT’S SOMETHING PEOPLE CAN LOOK IT’S SOMETHING PEOPLE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO. FORWARD TO. IT BRINGS THEM HOPE. IT BRINGS THEM HOPE. IT BRINGS THEM TOGETHER. IT BRINGS THEM TOGETHER. YET RIGHT NOW YOU CAN’T EVEN YET RIGHT NOW YOU CAN’T EVEN TURN ON THE TV AND TUNE INTO ANY TURN ON THE TV AND TUNE INTO ANY TYPE OF SPORT. TYPE OF SPORT. THAT’S WHAT’S UNPRECEDENTED THAT’S WHAT’S UNPRECEDENTED ABOUT THIS AS WELL. ABOUT THIS AS WELL. SO I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD SAY, YES, WE WANT FOOTBALL WOULD SAY, YES, WE WANT FOOTBALL BACK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT BACK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WE CAN START GATHERING TOGETHER WE CAN START GATHERING TOGETHER AND HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK AND HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. FORWARD TO. >> I KNOW YOU’VE GOT A LOT OF >> I KNOW YOU’VE GOT A LOT OF FANS BUT I WAS STRUCK BY FANS BUT I WAS STRUCK BY SOMETHING I SAW ON TWITTER FROM SOMETHING I SAW ON TWITTER FROM KHOU IN HOUSTON. KHOU IN HOUSTON. OKAY, HOUSTON, YOU HAVE OKAY, HOUSTON, YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO ROOT FOR A SAINTS PERMISSION TO ROOT FOR A SAINTS PLAYER JUST THIS ONE TIME. PLAYER JUST THIS ONE TIME. THANK YOU, DREW. THANK YOU, DREW. >> THAT’S PRETTY COOL. >> THAT’S PRETTY COOL. >> THAT IS PRETTY COOL. >> THAT IS PRETTY COOL. >> I AM A TEXAS BOY. >> I AM A TEXAS BOY. I DO STILL HAVE MY TEXAS ROOTS I DO STILL HAVE MY TEXAS ROOTS FROM AUSTIN. FROM AUSTIN. >> JUST LASTLY, YOU’VE GOT FOUR >> JUST LASTLY, YOU’VE GOT FOUR KIDS UNDER 11. KIDS UNDER 11. YOU GUYS ARE IN SAN DIEGO. YOU GUYS ARE IN SAN DIEGO. I KNOW YOUR HEART IS IN NEW I KNOW YOUR HEART IS IN NEW ORLEANS. ORLEANS. HOW ARE YOU ALL HANDLING BEING HOW ARE YOU ALL HANDLING BEING TOGETHER LIKE THIS? TOGETHER LIKE THIS? >> YOU KNOW, IT’S THE NEW NORMAL >> YOU KNOW, IT’S THE NEW NORMAL FOR A LOT OF FAMILIES, RIGHT? FOR A LOT OF FAMILIES, RIGHT? WE WERE ALL THRUST INTO THIS WE WERE ALL THRUST INTO THIS SITUATION WHERE ALL OF A SUDDEN SITUATION WHERE ALL OF A SUDDEN WE’RE GETTING LESSON PLANS. WE’RE GETTING LESSON PLANS. IT’S LIKE WE’RE GOING BACK TO IT’S LIKE WE’RE GOING BACK TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TRYING TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO TEACH OUR FIGURE OUT HOW TO TEACH OUR KIDS. KIDS. I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MUCH TIME I I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MUCH TIME I SPENT WITH MY FIFTH GRADE SON SPENT WITH MY FIFTH GRADE SON YESTERDAY ON HIS MATH. YESTERDAY ON HIS MATH. I’M THINKING TO MYSELF, IF I HAD I’M THINKING TO MYSELF, IF I HAD TO TAKE THIS TEST RIGHT NOW, I TO TAKE THIS TEST RIGHT NOW, I WOULD BE IN TROUBLE. WOULD BE IN TROUBLE. SO IT HAS ITS FRUSTRATING SO IT HAS ITS FRUSTRATING MOMENTS. MOMENTS. I THINK EVERY PARENT WOULD AGREE I THINK EVERY PARENT WOULD AGREE WITH ME. WITH ME. YET, I THINK IF THERE IS ONE YET, I THINK IF THERE IS ONE POSITIVE AT THIS POINT, IT’S POSITIVE AT THIS POINT, IT’S THAT SO MANY FAMILIES ARE COMING THAT SO MANY FAMILIES ARE COMING TOGETHER, MAYBE THROUGH WHAT IS TOGETHER, MAYBE THROUGH WHAT IS NORMALLY A CRAZY, HECTIC LIFE NORMALLY A CRAZY, HECTIC LIFE WHERE YOU’RE GOING ALL KINDS OF WHERE YOU’RE GOING ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS, ESPECIALLY DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS, ESPECIALLY PARENTS WITH KIDS INVOLVED IN PARENTS WITH KIDS INVOLVED IN TONS OF ACTIVITIES, ALL OF A TONS OF ACTIVITIES, ALL OF A SUDDEN NOW YOU’RE JUST TOGETHER SUDDEN NOW YOU’RE JUST TOGETHER ALL THE TIME AND RECONNECTING. ALL THE TIME AND RECONNECTING. I HOPE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I HOPE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WHEN WE COME OUT OF THIS, WE WHEN WE COME OUT OF THIS, WE SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, IT REALLY SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, IT REALLY BROUGHT FAMILIES TOGETHER. BROUGHT FAMILIES TOGETHER. >> I THINK YOU’RE RIGHT. >> I THINK YOU’RE RIGHT. I THINK A LOT OF THINGS ARE I THINK A LOT OF THINGS ARE CONTAGIOUS, INCLUDING CONTAGIOUS, INCLUDING GENEROSITY. GENEROSITY. OUR HOPE IS THAT BECAUSE YOU LET OUR HOPE IS THAT BECAUSE YOU LET US KNOW YOU MADE THIS BIG, US KNOW YOU MADE THIS BIG, GENEROUS DONATION, I THINK OTHER GENEROUS DONATION, I THINK OTHER PEOPLE LOOK AND SAY, HEY, MAYBE PEOPLE LOOK AND SAY, HEY, MAYBE WE CAN HELP OUT, TOO. WE CAN HELP OUT, TOO. DREW, WE LOVE YOU. DREW, WE LOVE YOU. >> LOVE YOU, TOO. >> LOVE YOU, TOO. >> A LOT MORE. >> A LOT MORE. SORRY. SORRY. >> HODA, I KNOW. >> HODA, I KNOW. IT’S A LOT. IT’S A LOT. HODA, I’M SO SORRY, HON. HODA, I’M SO SORRY, HON. TAKE A MOMENT. TAKE A MOMENT. >> SORRY. >> SORRY. >> IT’S A LOT. >> IT’S A LOT. I KNOW WHERE YOUR HEART IS, MY I KNOW WHERE YOUR HEART IS, MY DEAR. DEAR. I DO. I DO. HOW ABOUT I READ THE TEASE?

With a huge spike in coronavirus cases in Louisiana, Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, is stepping up to help his home state, donating $5 million. He tells TODAY that “this is a devastating thing for a lot of people but especially for the state of Louisiana,” adding, “We have to come together and help one another.”

TODAY’s Hoda Kotb has deep roots in Louisiana, having worked there for years earlier in her career. So it’s not surprising that she becomes emotional on camera after interviewing New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees about his efforts to help the state amid a staggering spike in coronavirus cases there.

About Drew Brees

Drew Brees is a Super Bowl champion and multiple award-winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. He attended Purdue University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from the prestigious Krannert School of Management.

Drew and his wife, Brittany, are founders of the Brees Dream Foundation. Since 2003, they have contributed over $33,000,000 to help improve the quality of life for cancer patients and provide care, education, and opportunities for children and families in need.

Visit TODAY’s Website: http://on.today.com/ReadTODAY

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