Last week, NBA star Carmelo Anthony took a little time out from basketball to help distribute aid and food to Hurricane Sandy victims in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Carmelo Anthony saw the despair and devastation around his city in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and wanted to help.
So the New York Knicks’ star took a break from basketball Thursday and went back to the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, one of many areas hit hard by last week’s hurricane, to hand out boxes of food and housing supplies to those in need.
“I wanted to step up to the forefront,” Anthony said to a small group of reporters on the scene. “We all know what Sandy did to our city, especially to Brooklyn, and to Red Hook, with us being right here on the water. It hit us pretty bad, so I feel like I’m the face of Red Hook and I wanted to come back and give back to the place I grew up.”
In conjunction with the Carmelo Anthony Foundation, Feed the Children and Metro Ministries, Anthony delivered 500 boxes filled with food and cleaning supplies to a housing project on Columbia Avenue, a block away from where he lived as a child in Red Hook.
To Carmelo Anthony, it was a “no-brainer” to return to the community he grew up in and deliver goods to families affected by Sandy.
“I’m one of them, I was once one of them,” he said. “I grew up running around with a lot of the older guys as a little kid, so for me to come back and to help and give out house supplies and things like that, that’s the least I can do, especially at a time like this.”
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In case you did not know, Melo has community centers in Denver and Baltimore and has been giving back for a long time. Melo has always been a stand up guy. This is just Melo being Melo.