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WAKE FOREST - New York Giants football player and former Wake Forest High School superstar Dexter Lawrence is helping fight against COVID-19 by donating face masks and hand sanitizers to Brookdale, a senior citizen residence in Wake Forest.

Lawrence, along with his mother, Julia Parker, partnered with KelMerica and the Professional Football Players Mom's Association to ship the supplies to Brookdale. They are scheduled to arrive some time between May 15 through the 21.

"It means a lot to me for my son to do this," Parker said. "I've always instilled in him that if he ever become famous, he has to come back and give to his community, because they supported him first. I've always wanted to help him give back to Wake Forest because that's where he came from. They continue to support him all throughout college and in his professional career."

This is not the first time Lawrence has given back to his community after getting drafted by the New York Giants in the first round last year. In 2019, he gave out 100 book bags to elementary school students from Wake Forest and Fox Road Elementary School, 50 from each school, including 25 boys and 25 girls.

He also gave them school supplies, snacks, hand sanitizers and a New York Giants cup with his autograph signed on. Parker said being charitable is something that's part of her son's loving and kind character.

"Dexter gives back to those less fortunate on a regular basis," Parker said. "He's always looking out for families in our local communities."