Sports Legend, North Carolina Native Donates $2 Million to Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

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September 20, 2018Sep 20, 2018

Hurricane Florence, a dangerous Category 1 storm, has caused a great amount of devastation since making landfall in the Carolinas on Friday, September 14th. At least 37 people have been confirmed dead, wildlife remains at risk, and various roads and other structures have suffered from severe damage, reported the Associated Press.

In wake of Florence’s destruction, one sports legend really stepped up his game when he donated $2 million towards relief efforts. Basketball icon Michael Jordan, who also happens to be a North Carolina native, donated $1 million to the American Red Cross and another $1 million to the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

According to CNN, Jordan addressed his generous donation directly:

"It's truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas...You gotta take care of home.

"Wilmington truly is my home. Kept thinking about all those places I grew up going to.

"And the deaths — it was so sad about the babies (one of whom died in Wilmington). You don't want to see any of that anywhere, but when it's home, that's tough to swallow."

Jordan also took his contributions to hurricane relief efforts a step further. According to Fox News, MJ’s NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets, partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank to distribute boxes of food to the victims.

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