By: Talia Bargil
In an effort to brighten the holidays for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, the NBPA recently brought its Operation Rebound storm relief efforts to the Coney Island community.
With the participation of Brooklyn Nets players Jerry Stackhouse, CJ Watson and Josh Childress, as well as former Net and Brooklyn native Albert King, the NBPA, in partnership with Feed the Children and Metro Ministries, distributed food and disaster relief items to 400 Coney Island families, as well as 5,000 toys to New York City kids who may not otherwise have received holiday gifts.
“There are still many, many families whose lives have been turned upside-down since Hurricane Sandy devastated their communities. While they are facing profound obstacles right now, we hope we were able to lift the spirits of the residents of Coney Island,” said Billy Hunter, NBPA Executive Director. “It was a great day of community outreach work, underscored by the enthusiastic participation of Jerry, CJ, Josh and Albert.”
This outreach project was just one component of the NBPA’s Operation Rebound hurricane relief efforts. The NBPA, in conjunction with the NBA, already pledged $1 million to the Red Cross and other organizations. In addition, Operation Rebound, the NBPA’s disaster relief program, sponsored a tractor-trailer filled with food, disaster relief items and winter clothing to 400 families in Far Rockaway earlier this month, and will provide disaster relief items and toys to Staten Island residents in the coming weeks.