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Michael Jordan returns home and visits hurricane victims

Michael Jordan returns home and visits hurricane victims
Michael Jordan returns home and visits hurricane victims

Stephanie Parker is not quite certain how her loved ones could have handled the previous two weeks without the assistance of Michael Jordan and the American Red Cross after Hurricane Florence.

When Parker fulfilled Jordan on Tuesday she could not hold back giving the owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets a huge hug and a thank you.

“It means that he has not forgotten,” Parker told The Associated Press about Jordan’s trip to Wilmington, North Carolina. “It means we’re significant.”

Jordan returned to his hometown sporting North Carolina Tar Heels gloomy and fulfilled with a few hurricane victims, a lot of whom have profited from his $2 million contribution in September. Jordan gave $1 million per year to the Red Cross along with the Foundation for the Carolinas Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

“I will give money all day long, but at any stage you would like them to know you are human,” Jordan told AP.

Jordan handed out Thanksgiving dinners at a house improvement store and gave off Jordan Brand shoes in a Boys & Girls Club Tuesday at which he played as a kid.

Parker has lived the nightmare that has become all too familiar for juvenile victims across the nation.

Her husband, and their four kids ages 3 to 8 heeded the warnings to flee the region. They took refuge in a Red Cross shelter, but if they returnedtheir flat was flooded with two feet of water and also their minivan crushed by a fallen tree. They spent almost two weeks in shelters until lately being put at a resort while they wait permanent housing.

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“It has been stressful,” she said, carrying a long, deep breath. “Initially it was really, very difficult to understand that you lost everything. But folks such as Michael Jordan donating to the Red Cross and donating to those who have gone through what we’ve gone through is an amazing blessing. We’re so very, very grateful.”

Jordan broke into a broad grin when asked about his interview with Parker.

“You really need to trust that cash goes to the proper people,” Jordan stated. “And if you see it belongs to the ideal folks, it makes me feel great that I did exactly the ideal thing.”

Jordan said he will continue to track the storm recovery efforts and also might look at partnering with other people to keep to help improve living conditions.

American Red Cross executive director James Jarvis, who’s based out of Wilmington, stated that the company put aside a $50 million funding to assist individuals affected by Hurricane Florence.

Jarvis said in the peak of the storm that the Red Cross sheltered over 20,000 individuals in 172 areas. They supplied 1.3 million snacks and meals. They have also spread money to over 6,500 households, doling out over $3.8 million to assist families get on the path to recovery.

“I wished to become an igniter into the procedure,” Jordan said of the first donation. “But it is going to have quite a while before things return to normal. No matter how I can donate I shall.”

In addition, he expects that Charlotte hosting the All-Star match in February will offer an impetus for more monetary aid into the area.

“I’m pretty certain the team is going to have some support systems which will reach out for the community,” Jordan stated. “And we’re going to perform a whole lot in Charlotte, also. Nevertheless, the total match is all about helping others, so that I will see it reaching all of the way down to the area.”

Natalie English the president and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, said it is still too early to gauge the fiscal damage to the region.

But she explained Jordan’s donations resonated from the community.

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“I think that it means a great deal to folks here that Michael recalls his house and that he cares about in which he had been to get his or her and he’s giving back to help reestablish the neighborhood,” English said.

This isn’t a one-time bargain for Jordan.

Fred Lynch trained Jordan when he had been 15-year-old freshman playing the junior high school basketball team at Laney High School in Wilmington. He sustained minor damage to his nearby house, but said many neighbors just a block off suffered complete destruction as a consequence of flood and wind damage to Hurricane Florence.

Lynch stated Jordan has seen Wilmington occasionally since departing to play basketball in North Carolina and embarking in an NBA career that included six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, five league MVP honors and 14 All-Star game looks.

The 55-year-old Jordan nevertheless has an aunt, cousins and friends here along with also his nephew who attends faculty at UNC Wilmington. Jordan was recently here in April in his high school filming a Gatorade commercial.

Lynch said he was not amazed when Jordan stepped up to assist people of Wilmington and the surrounding regions — donating his period.

“By the time that I coached him as a ninth grade, he was constantly looking for folks,” Lynch explained. “He is always trying to get the ideal thing and constantly striving to better himself and his community. That is pretty much what he has been around his whole career.”

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Ruth Marcus


Ruth is deputy editorial page editor for The Post. She also writes a weekly column and contributes to the PostPartisan blog. Marcus has been with The Post since 1984. She joined the national staff in 1986, covering campaign finance, the Justice Department, the Supreme Court and the White House. From 1999 through 2002, she served as deputy national editor, supervising reporters who covered money and politics, Congress, the Supreme Court and other national issues. She joined the editorial board in 2003 and began writing a regular column in 2006. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2007. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Jon Leibowitz, their two daughters and the world’s cutest dog.

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