As the coronavirus pandemic continues, members of the Knicks are doing whatever they can to help those in need.
Knicks forwards Julius Randle and Bobby Portis are donating $180,000 worth of meals to help feed New Yorkers in need, while guard Dennis Smith Jr. is purchasing food vouchers for 575 first responders at Cape Fear Medical Center in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Smith is also purchasing 32 computers to help local students learn from home while schools are closed.
Randle and Portis are making their donation to City Harvest, New York's private response to hunger and largest food rescue organization. Along with their meal donations, Portis and Randle are each contributing another $50,000 to support City Harvest's operations. Their combined contributions will help more than 370,000 New Yorkers in need.
"On behalf of my wife Kendra and I, we are absolutely heartbroken to see the impact COVID-19 is having around the world," said Randle. "We encourage you all to be safe and to listen to the guidelines given by our health officials."
"We are at an unbelievable time in our history," said Portis. "Necessities such as food have become unavailable to a lot of people around our country and the world. I am fortunate enough to be in a position to support where I can. Julius and I take pride in being able to support our city during this time."
As for Smith, he's using his platform to give back to the community that has shaped him.
"Fayetteville and basketball have given so much to me, and today was another chance for me to give back to my community, while saying thanks," said Smith. "I wanted to show support for the real heroes during these tragic times - the first responders. And show them that I have their back, just like they have ours."