Former NBA star Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs has started a YouCaring fundraiser in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a category five storm that dealt a destructive blow to the US Virgin Islands. Duncan kicked off the fundraiser with a personal donation of $250,000 and offered to match donations up to $1,000,000, reaching his fundraising goal in a little over 24 hours. Duncan’s fundraiser is now the largest campaign for victims of Hurricane Irma, with over $2 million raised from 13,000 donors.
“I know not everyone can give, and that’s O.K.,” said Duncan. “But if you’re able, here’s what I can promise: Every dollar donated will go directly to relief efforts on the ground. Starting as soon as the weather permits, I’ll be chartering an airplane full of supplies from San Antonio to St. Croix, the biggest town in the Virgin Islands. I’m already busy putting together a team of people from the islands (and beyond) to help manage the relief effort.”
The US Virgin Islands, where Duncan was born and raised, were devastated by Hurricane Irma as it crashed through the Caribbean, leaving extensive damage in its wake. The islands are now without power, running water and with food reserves depleted. Irma hit only a week after Hurricane Harvey, which displaced and injured thousands of residents in Houston, Texas.
The residents of the US Virgin Islands need all the support they can get right now. We’ve learned a lot of invaluable lessons from our work with JJ Watt on his Harvey Relief Fund for Houston and hope to apply those lessons now to help as many people as possible.
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