The day after Trump slammed Colin Kaepernick, the athlete donated to Meals on Wheels.

At an event on March 20, 2017, President Donald Trump somehow veered from rallying supporters around his unpopular health care bill to slamming football player Colin Kaepernick in the blink of an eye.

The former San Francisco 49er is currently a free agent looking to land a job with another NFL team, and Trump was quick to take credit for the athlete's job woes.


"It was reported that NFL owners don't want to pick [Kaepernick] up because they don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump," the president — yes, the President of the United States — told the crowd in third person. "Do you believe that?"

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For months, Trump has taken issue with Kaepernick, who chose not to stand for the national anthem before his NFL games in an act of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. In Aug. 2016, Trump called Kaepernick's actions "a terrible thing" and suggested that "he should find a country that works better for him."

Instead of stooping to the president's level, the quarterback has continued taking the high road.

The day after Trump's blustery comments, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Kaepernick donated $50,000 to Meals on Wheels.

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The athlete hasn't spoken out about Trump's latest dig (yet), but his donation speaks for itself.

Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit that, among other services, provides food to seniors in need and would be in serious jeopardy if Trump's budget proposal becomes a reality. The president caught flak for proposing to eliminate the Community Services Block Grant and Community Development Block Grant — two vital sources of funding that keep some local Meals on Wheels programs afloat.

$50,000 goes a long way.

And he didn't stop there.

Kaepernick also gave generously to the #LoveArmyForSomalia campaign, an online initiative aiming to help ease the famine gripping Somalia that has left millions in desperate need of food and water.

The athlete — seen below celebrating the news that the campaign secured an airplane to transport food and water — recently donated another $50,000 to that cause, according to Rapoport.

"We started a GoFundMe page to allow anyone to help us donate food, donate water," Kaepernick explained in his video. "We'll make sure every cent goes toward helping these people."

A former first lady once said, "When they go low, we go high." It sounds like Kaepernick got her message.

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In many ways, 18-year-old Idaho native, Hank Cazier, is like any other teenager you've met. He loves chocolate, pop music, and playing games with his family. He has lofty dreams of modeling for a major clothing company one day. But one thing that sets him apart may also jeopardize his future is his recent battle against a brain tumor.

Cazier was diagnosed in 2015. When he had surgery to remove the tumor, he received trauma to his brain and lost some of his motor functionality. He's been in physical, occupational, and speech therapy ever since. The experience impacted Cazier's confidence and self-esteem, so he's been looking for a way to build himself back up again.

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Enter Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for children battling critical illnesses, providing them a chance to make the impossible possible. The organization partnered with Macy's to raise awareness and help make those wishes a reality. The hope is that the "wish effect" will improve their quality of life and empower them with the strength they need to overcome these illnesses and look towards the future. That was a particularly big deal for Cazier, who had been feeling like so many of his wishes weren't going to be possible because of his critical illness.

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Make-A-Wish can't fulfill children's wishes without the generosity of donors and partners like Macy's. In fact, since 2003, Macy's has given more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish and impacted the lives of more than 2.9 million people.

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