Maybe it is the spirit of the holiday season having a little room for some pay-it-forward motives at the end, or maybe Buffalo Bills fans just wanted to share their gratitude to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in the most charitable way possible. Whatever the case may be, Bills fans have been donating to Dalton’s foundation in droves after Dalton and the Bengals helped get the Bills into the postseason for the first time since 1999.

Dalton led the Bengals to a stunning win on the road against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon. The Ravens needed to win to clinch the final spot in the AFC playoff field, but the loss to the Bengals left the door open for the Bills, who defeated the Miami Dolphins to put themselves on the doorstep of the postseason.

To show their appreciation, Bills fans began donating to Dalton’s foundation, the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation (which provides support for those affected by seriously ill and physically challenged children) and the charitable efforts continued to spread throughout Bills Mafia. Dalton certainly noticed there were a bunch of donations coming in from Bills fans, and he took to Twitter to offer thanks for the donations.

Soon after that tweet from Dalton, the Bills followed up with an update on just how much the Bills fans have been donating. According to Dalton, Buffalo fans have donated over $57k to Dalton’s foundation.

That tweet from Dalton was made last night, so it stands to reason spreading the word on Twitter likely led to more donations to come into the Dalton Foundation. It’s moments like this that offer a glimmer of hope that good can be accomplished through sports. Kudos to Bills fans for taking to donating to the Dalton Foundation to show their appreciation for Dalton’s on-field help to end a long playoff drought in Buffalo.

UPDATE: The donations continue to roll in…

[CBS Sports]

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