U.S. Virgin Islands native Tim Duncan wrote an impassioned letter this week in The Players’ Tribune urging people to help him donate to the relief effort in a often forgotten section of Hurricane Alley.
Duncan’s initial goal was to meet a $1 million donation, something that has already been met according to the You Caring donation page.
Now, the former San Antonio Spurs legend is announcing the second phase of his plan.
In a video released via The Players’ Tribune Twitter account on Sunday, Duncan asked people to continue to donate. In donating, people would be pushing Duncan to match their contributions up to $1 million dollars in the relief effort.
Additionally, according to the San Antonio Express-News, Duncan will be working in collaboration with the local Texas grocery chain H-E-B to take food and relief donations. Duncan will then charter a plane and take the supplies himself to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Via The San Antonio Express-News:
“I want to make sure it’s not a one-ditch effort,” said Duncan, who lived his first 18 years on St. Croix before moving to North Carolina to attend college at Wake Forest.
“Just, ‘Oh yeah, we went down there and did this and it’s done.’ Because the recovery process is not going to be done. It’s going to take months and even years for everyone to recover to normal life.
Organizers are asking for donations of flour, rice, beans, peanut butter and granola bars —“Things that can be eaten without electricity,” said Eric Cooper, CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank — as well as soap, detergent and paper goods.
If you would like to donate to the relief effort speared by Duncan, you can do so by clicking the link here.