While NFL executives from all corners of the map headed to an undisclosed location in Boston to try to hammer out details surrounding a new labor deal, Patriots' lineman Ron Brace just took a short drive down the turnpike to his hometown of Springfield to lend a hand to those in need.
According to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, Brace returned home to help kick off a fundraising campaign to raise $200,000 to help those affected by the tornadoes in his Western Massachusetts hometown.
Brace was joined by Patriots Hall of Famer Andre Tippett, who, representing the Kraft family and Patriots Charitable Foundation, pledged that they'd match any donation up to $100,000 to United Way Massachusetts' Statewide Disaster Relief Fund.
$30,000 of the $200,000 were raised at the event, but there's still a long way to go.
Donations to the United Way Disaster Relief Fund can be made at www.unitedwaytri-county.org/disaster or by calling 211.