Three days after the shooting, Jackson and a friend flew to Uvalde and presented Gov. Greg Abbott with a $170,000 check offering to cover all funeral expenses.

Jackson told the Associated Press in an interview that he felt compelled to help the families of the victims.

What they needed was not a $10,000 bill for something that didn't happen.

Jackson had a strong emotional attachment to Uvalde. When he visits a friend on a long drive west, he often stops in the city.

There is something about Uvalde that sticks in your mind. "Just the name," he said. "I have no contacts in that area. It had an impact on me.

The 60-year-old Jackson was an All-Star with the Kansas City Royals in 1989, in addition to his efforts to raise money for disaster relief in his native Alabama.

He made his first mass shooting donation after hearing about the Uvalde shooting, he said.

Jackson said, "It's the last thing you want to hear that there's an active shooter at your child's school." If it doesn't bother you, there's a problem in your life.