Argos’ Canadian OL Jamal Campbell to distribute meals, winter care kits to Toronto’s homeless

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Argonauts’ offensive lineman and Toronto native Jamal Campbell has organized a campaign aimed at helping keep some of the city’s homeless warm and fed this winter.

Campbell and a group of volunteers will be distributing meals and winter survival kits, which include gloves, toques, hand warmers and more, to those in need in downtown Toronto in the days leading up to Christmas. He will kick things off this Wednesday, December 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Giving back to the community is nothing new for the four-year Argo who grew up in the Jane and Finch area of the city. He was recognized in 2017 with a Toronto Urban Hero Award for his inspirational work and leadership.

Campbell and his family relied on food banks and community support growing up in Toronto, so he never misses a chance to provide and give back to that same community. 

In 2019, the the six-foot-six, 305-pound blocker cracked the starting lineup for the first time in his career, starting the final 11 games at right tackle. He also caught the first pass of his career last season, a one-yard touchdown reception from McLeod Bethel-Thompson in a 28-27 win over Winnipeg on August 1 at BMO Field.

The 27-year-old was a third-round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft and is a graduate of C.W. Jeffreys Collegiate Institute and York University. Campbell was a member of the 2017 Grey Cup champions.