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Colin Kaepernick Gives Meals on Wheels $50,000 Donation

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick celebrates after their win against the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 01:24 PM

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has given Meals on Wheels $50,000 in one of a series of donations to charities he has made since October.

Meals on Wheels, which provides meals to the poor, elderly and veterans, has been targeted for defunding by the Trump administration's proposed budget, The Hill reported. The nonprofit said gets 3 percent of its budget from federal grants.

Kaepernick became a lightning rod for criticism when the then San Francisco 49ers quarterback took a knee during the national anthem before games this past season to protest against police brutality against African-Americans.

The New York Daily News reported that since October, Kaepernick has been donating $100,000 a month to various groups, usually in $25,000 increments.

Along with Meals on Wheels, the signal-caller also made a $50,000 donation to the social media campaign Love Army for Somalia, which is trying to raise $2 million for the starving residents there, noted the Daily News.

Despite the good deeds, President Donald Trump continued to ding Kaepernick in speeches, mentioning the free agent Monday during the president's campaign-style rally in Louisville, Kentucky, The Hill noted.

"There was an article today that was reported that NFL owners don't want to pick him up because they don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump," Trump said, according to The Hill. "Do you believe that?

"I said, 'If I remember that one, I'm going to report it to the people of Kentucky because they like it when people stand for the American flag,' right?" Trump added.

Trump appears to be at least correct on Kaepernick's immediate employment status in the NFL, according to Mike Florio of NBC Sports Pro Football Talk.

"Kaepernick, who became a free agent 12 days ago, has remained publicly silent regarding his employment status," Florio wrote Tuesday for NBC Sports. "He nevertheless continues to be ignored during the free agency process, with no visits and no apparent interest in his services."

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