New York Knicks star Camelo Anthony took time to give back to those still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Anthony, who grew up in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, returned there Thursday to hand out food and supplies to those in need. Here’s what he had to say about the visit as reported by ESPN New York.
“I wanted to step up to the forefront,” Anthony said to a small group of reporters on the scene. “We all know what Sandy did to our city, especially to Brooklyn, and to Red Hook, with us being right here on the water. It hit us pretty bad, so I feel like I’m the face of Red Hook and I wanted to come back and give back to the place I grew up.”
Red Hook residents, some of whom are still without power, were very grateful that their “Native Son” took the time to help.
“Sometimes it feels like we’re the forgotten borough, the forgotten neighborhood,” said Red Hook resident Vanessa Bernard, who has been without power since last Sunday. “This is uplifting. Some families don’t have much at all, and it’s really difficult. Anything helps, and to do this is uplifting.”
With all the big things Anthony is doing on the court with the 3-0 Knicks, it’s great to see he’s doing even bigger things off.