The novel coronavirus has hit New York City and surrounding areas harder than anywhere else in the United States, with more than 20,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 157 deaths in the state of New York alone. The “city that never sleeps” has been on lockdown as people try to control the spread of the coronavirus.
That means it’s hard for some people in that area to get food. Kyrie Irving wanted to help with that and made a $323,000 donation to Feeding America.
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Thank you all for the birthday love, I’m extremely grateful for the support. Seeing the effects of COVID-19 reach our loved ones, our schools, our jobs, and access to food has really impacted me. I am excited to partner with @feedingamerica and @lineagelogistics to launch the Share A Meal campaign to help marginalized communities get the food resources they require during this time, and to work with our local partner @cityharvestnyc to distribute 250k meals to my neighbors in need across the NY area. In addition to that I am donating $323k to Feeding America and @lineagelogistics will match $200k of what we raise together. I am asking my fans, friends, family and partners to join me in helping our communities by donating at the link in my bio. Thank you to everyone on the front line working to keep all of us safe, healthy, and fed. Together we can change the world one small gesture at a time.
If $323,000 feels oddly specific, well, it is. But the numbers have meaning, as Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck found out.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) March 23, 2020
A shoulder injury cost Irving much of this past season and he underwent surgery to repair it before next season (whether he could return for the playoffs is an open question and depends in part on when the playoffs start). While things were not smooth blending with teammates, Irving averaged 27.4 points, 6.4 assists, and 5.2 rebounds a game and shot 39.4 percent from three.