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Carmelo Anthony delivers food and supplies to hurricane victims

Nov 9, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

US forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates af Getty Images

The NBA mandates a certain amount of community involvement from its teams and players through the league’s NBA Cares program. It’s a solid way for the athletes to give back to communities in need, without having to go through the trouble to organize these efforts themselves.

It’s even better when a player, especially a superstar like Carmelo Anthony, takes the initiative to do something special on his own.

Anthony did exactly that on Thursday, when he went to the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn to personally pass out supplies to those in need. Via ESPNNewYork:

“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.”

In conjunction with the Carmelo Anthony Foundation, Feed the Children and Metro Ministries, Anthony delivered 500 boxes filled with food and cleaning supplies to a housing project on Columbia Avenue, a block away from where he lived as a child in Red Hook.

We jump all over stories of athletes behaving badly, so it’s only right to give some positive publicity when it’s justified. Good on Anthony for making the effort.

  1. pellypell - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    If this post was entitled, “Carmelo raped 3 kittens and swore at a child” it would have 55 comments by now.

    It’s definitely nice to hear Melo getting involved and trying to help out.

  2. protectthishouse54 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Donating money is always virtuous. But it’s a whole other thing to donate time and effort. Great story. Thanks for reporting.

  3. dls612 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Here’s the problem I have about this, I have no doubt there are some kind-hearted players in the league but how much is it genuine and how much is it about making the NBA look good? ( David Stern ) Hopefully it was a personal gesture.

  4. dgbk - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    the article and melo both clearly state this was an area he grew up. how more personal u need it to be before u think its not a stunt for attention?? why find negatives when there arent any.

    • dls612 - Nov 9, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      It’s been almost a month and this is the first time I heard of him doing anything, how did he let wade beat him to it ( helping victims )

  5. libertynchurch - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Thanks for reporting this here. Larry Johnson, aka GrandMahmah, was also putting in work in Staten Island. The news here in NY/NJ showed both of them unloading box trucks, not profiling for the cameras, but actually manually removing supplies from box trucks. No smiles, no self-promotion, just work. And the people in need didnt show any hint of being props for a celebrity photo-op. Real good TV!

    • badintent - Nov 10, 2012 at 1:23 AM

      Now , all we need is some guy from Brooklyn , to help there, his name is Micheal, Micheal something, Oh. Yeah, MJ !!
      Kudos to Melo for his hard work
      Larry is a solid guy always for NY
      Surprised Shaq didn’t drive his custom truck like he did for Katrina.with Hoopz riding shotgun .

  6. nytitancl - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Odd… I thought NBC reported that the Red Cross didn’t need stuff when Romney was doing this…

  7. thundersandpackers - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    serious does it take a hurricane to make professional athletes want to help out. there are people all over the world working hard volunteering and they get no recognition at all. mello delivers food and gets a page on it. this is for his own image not out of his own heart.

  8. libertynchurch - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Many professional athletes, many coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, are involved in year-round charity work. It is true that there are many low-profile persons helping, that never get the accolades. And we should somehow do something to fix that. But this report was genuine, and a much needed attempt by the media to be fair and balanced. Everyday people dont have DUI and domestic problems hitting the front page, either.

    You dont need to love Melo. Just be fair when passing judgement.

  9. dysraw1 - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    charity is always good only god knows whats in a mans heart

  10. rocirius - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    It was a very kind act, and his motivation does not change the end result that people in need were helped by his actions.

  11. emosnar - Nov 9, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Big ups to Carmelo Nino Brown Anthony. Bring on them turkeys bro!

  12. mazblast - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Motivation is irrelevant in a case like this. Good for ‘Melo. He did the right thing.

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