Hurricane Florence Affected A Place He Calls Home. Now, Michael Jordan Is Helping Out.

"When it’s home, that’s tough to swallow.”

For Michael Jordan, it's important to take care of the place you came from.

Jordan announced that he would be donating $2 million to help with the relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence. "You gotta take care of home," he told The Charlotte Observer.

"Wilmington truly is my home. Kept thinking about all those places I grew up going to," he said. Jordan was raised in Wilmington and went on to play basketball at the University of North Carolina. "And the deaths ... You don't want to see any of that anywhere, but when it's home, that's tough to swallow." 


So far, Hurricane Florence's death toll has risen to 33 people, CBS News reports, including a 41-year-old woman and her 7-month-old son who lived in Wilmington. 

Additionally, about 10,000 people are in shelters in the state, with first responders having rescued and evacuated more than 2,200 people. There are also approximately 343,000 people without power, according to Gov. Roy Cooper, according to the news outlet. 

Jordan will be splitting his donation between two charities: $1 million for the American Red Cross and $1 million for the Foundation for the Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund. The American Red Cross will be providing food and shelter, and the Foundation for the Carolinas sending donations "to nonprofits in North and South Carolina providing relief to victims of the storm," it says on its website. "Grants will be distributed to areas of greatest need once the full impact of the hurricane is realized."

Jordan is the chairman of the National Basketball Association's Charlotte Hornets, and the organization will be helping those affected by the hurricane, too. 

On Friday, September 21, more than 100 members of the Hornets organization will help pack disaster food boxes to provide meals to residents Wilmington, Fayetteville, and Myrtle Beach. The Charlotte Hornets Foundation will also be making a donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, the NBA reported in a press release. Food will be provided by Food Lion, the team's Official Hunger Relief Partner. 

Additionally, the team has partnered with Fanatics to design a T-shirt with the Hornets' logo emblazoned across North and South Carolina, surrounded by the words "Carolina Strong." One hundred percent of net proceeds from the shirt will go to the Foundation for the Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund as well. 

This isn't the first time Jordan has made charitable donations. In 2016, he made two $1 million donations to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Institute for Community-Police Relations as he spoke out about police violence. The year prior, Jordan donated $8.9 million of settlement money he earned after a Chicago-based supermarket chain illegally used his name in an advertisement. The money went to 23 different nonprofit charities in Chicago.  

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