Michael Jordan is stepping up in the wake of Hurricane Florence hitting North Carolina. The former NBA star has reportedly vowed to donate $2 million to the hurricane relief efforts in Wilmington, NC, according to an NBA press release on Tuesday (Sept. 18).
“You gotta take care of home. Wilmington truly is my home,” Jordan said of his hometown in an interview with The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday.
Jordan is donating to the American Red Cross and the Foundation for the Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund.
In addition to being raised in North Carolina, MJ serves as a co-chairman of Charlotte basketball team the Hornets. Hornets players and staff will also assist in reliefs to “help past disaster food boxes” that will be “distributed to those who have been directly impacted by the hurricane.” Their goal is to pack and deliver 5,000 boxes.
“People need to understand this will not be a week-long process,” Jordan said. “This is going to have a huge disruption on people’s lives—not for 10 days, but for years.”
Hurricane Florence was reportedly downgraded to a tropical storm, but the death toll has risen to at least 32 casualties since Tuesday afternoon, BBC News reports. The National Hurricane Center expects more than 40 inches of rain will have fallen by the end of the storm, creating serious flooding and other complications.
Jordan, the Hornets, and the NBA have partnered with local organizations to launch a donation platform focused on sending immediate support to North Carolina. To learn more about the Hurricane Florence relief efforts and to donate, head over to the official site here.