Hurricane Irma is on a destructive path to the United States, but in its wake were the U.S. Virgin Islands home of San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan.
Duncan hails from St. Croix and he witnessed his home get pummeled by Irma, leaving the residents in desperate need for help.
To help his home, Duncan penned an article on "The Players' Tribune" asking all to help donate to relief efforts noting time is of the essence considering Hurricane Jose is likely to hit the Virgin Islands soon.
Right now as I type this, the U.S. Virgin Islands — the place where I was born and where I grew up — has been badly damaged by Hurricane Irma. The people there, many of whom are old friends of mine, are suffering. Weather reports say that another Category 5 storm, Hurricane Jose, is close behind. No one knows what the place will look like when the rain stops.
Now time is of the essence.
I’m donating $250,000 immediately — tonight — to the storm relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands. And going forward, I pledge to match your donations up to the first $1 million. That’s where you come in: You can go here to make a donation. I’ve included more information at the end of this article, too.
I know not everyone can give, and that’s O.K. — after all, a lot of you just got done giving financial support to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the fires on the West Coast. 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. And I’m already busy putting together a team — some from the Virgin Islands and some who will fly in from elsewhere — to help manage the relief effort.
As Duncan stated, here is the additional information:
To join my effort, go to my Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief Page here.
I will match your financial donations up to the first $1 million. I’ve just started things off with my initial $250,000 contribution.
And if you’re interested in contributing material goods, we have a plane leaving from San Antonio to St. Croix next week that will be carrying all of the supplies and donated items that we receive. Please contact us as soon as possible with what you will be donating so we can make sure we have it on our flight out to the islands.
Thank you in advance for anything you can do to help Duncan, and his home rebound from this natural disaster.