Christian ministry Compassion International is hosting a "Fill the Stadium" event to raise funds for more than 70,000 children that have entered its sponsorship program since the beginning of the pandemic.
"With COVID and all the shutdowns, we had over 1,200 fundraising events canceled between sporting events, churches and conference tours," said ministry spokesperson Ken McKinney. "So, we ended up with 70,000 children, newly entered into our programs, who we didn't have any access to help raise funds to support."
The ministry decided to focus on the imagery of major league stadium's average capacity in order to "fill a stadium of support" for the children.
The initiative is being supported by professional athletes such as Dakota Dozier of the Minnesota Vikings, Nick Foles of the Chicago Bears, Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles, and former Seattle Seahawk Brock Huard.
Compassion reports that $500 provides an annual supply of food, medicine, and health screenings for a child and their family. To date, the ministry has raised money to support 49,000 of the children.