Hurricane Florence left thousands stranded without a home as high waters engulfed streets and rivers flooded during the heavy rains — Michael Jordan is stepping up to help in relief and recovery efforts.
“You gotta take care of home,” Jordan told The Observer.
The former NBA star and now Charlotte Hornets owner told Observer that Wilmington, North Carolina, a place where thousands are in shelters or other places escaping from flooding rivers, homes, and roads, was where he was raised and “it’s tough to swallow.”
“Wilmington truly is my home. Kept thinking about all those places I grew up going to,” Jordan said.
He decided to contribute $2 million to help those affected by the storm — $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation for the Carolinas Florence Response Fund.
The Red Cross provides food and shelter to victims, while the Foundation for the Carolinas directs funds to non-profits in both Carolinas — his approach is to address both the short and long term needs of the community.
“People need to understand this will not be a week-long process. This is going to have a huge disruption on people’s lives — not for 10 days, but for years,” Jordan said.
“I hope people understand the importance of this and direct their attention to making things better,” Jordan said. “It’s going to take a lot of performance all over.”
The basketball team Jordan owns, Charlotte Hornets, is participating in initiatives as well for those affected by Hurricane Florence:
.Packing thousands of food boxes
.Creating a “Carolina Strong” Hornet’s t-shirt where proceeds will go to the Foundation for the Carolinas
President Donald Trump arrived in North Carolina on Wednesday to comfort those who have been affected by the storm.
At the briefing, the president thanked the first responders that put themselves “in harm’s way” to “save precious lives of our citizens has been nothing short of incredible.”
He also addressed those who have personally been affected by “one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the Carolinas”:
“To the families that have lost loved one’s, America grieves with you and our hearts break for you. God bless you. We will never forget your loss. We will never leave your side. We’re with you all the way. And to all those impacted by this terrible storm, our entire American family is with you and ready to help, and you will recover.”