Brandin Cooks, Lincoln High graduate and wide receiver with the Los Angeles Rams, and his wife Briannon, have donated $50,000 to establish the Stockton Children’s Fund at the Community Foundation of San Joaquin.

Brandin Cooks, Lincoln High graduate and wide receiver with the Los Angeles Rams, and his wife, Briannon, have donated $50,000 to establish the Stockton Children’s Fund at the Community Foundation of San Joaquin.


"There are two options," Cooks, a Stockton native, said in a statement. "We either attack this head on and conquer it together or we divide and crumble. I am choosing the first option because in my life, I’ve never achieved my goals without a little help from others along the way."


The fund will serve the immediate and longer-term needs of children and youth impacted by COVID-19 in Stockton with an immediate focus to help mitigate the disruptive effects caused by coronavirus related to food insecurity, child care services for essential workers, and education challenges resulting from school closures, the statement from the foundation said.


"I knew I wanted to provide assistance and help in some sort of way and the first thing I thought about was my hometown," Cooks said on a Stockton Town Hall meeting conference call. "That was most important for my wife and I."


Cooks said the immediate focus of the fund will be for "meal and food supply for children that have suffered from shortage of food."


"We hope others can join along in the movement and continue to just focus on our children throughout the city that have no control over any of this," Cooks said.


As of Monday afternoon, the San Joaquin Public Health Services reported 51 confirmed cases of coronavirus and two deaths in the county.


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