Damar Hamlin is honored by the NFL with their Community MVP award after the Bills safety held a toy drive in his hometown over the holidays
- Hamlin held the fourth annual toy drive in his hometown over the holidays
- The ride took place less than a year after the Buffalo star suffered cardiac arrest
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Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin was named the NFL's Community MVP for Week 18 after hosting a toy drive for kids in his hometown during the holidays.
Hamlin's toy drive distributed more than 2,000 toys, 50 bicycles and hundreds of books to 750 children in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, a suburb about five miles west of Pittsburgh.
The NFL star wore a Santa suit as he handed out the presents to the children and posed for photos with the presents.
Hamlin's fourth annual toy drive comes less than a year after he suffered cardiac arrest on the field during the first quarter of a January 2023 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
He has returned to the NFL since the medical episode and played in five games for the Bills this season, recording two tackles.
Damar Hamlin posed with children during his fourth annual toy drive in Pennsylvania last month
Hamlin returned to the NFL since suffering cardiac arrest with the Buffalo Bills last January
Hamlin has been giving back to the people of his Pennsylvania community since before his NFL days
The Buffalo safety may not be done receiving awards just yet, either, as he is also a frontrunner to be named NFL Comeback Player of the Year alongside Browns quarterback Joe Flacco.
While Hamlin was in a Cincinnati hospital recovering from cardiac arrest, approximately $9 million was donated to his charitable efforts. He used part of that money to finance the toy campaign.
Hamlin has been active for the Bills for the past three weeks as the team looks to secure a playoff spot against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
The Bills have a 95 percent chance of making the playoffs and can mathematically still be both the No. 2 seed in the AFC and watch the postseason from home.
Hamlin inspired the Bills' playoff run a year ago.
Despite everything he's been through, he still helps children from his hometown.