Amidst an unfortunate crisis for Texas residents, Brooklyn Nets star James Harden has donated 3000 meals to families in Houston that were affected by the power outage. The crisis, which has affected millions due to the state’s localized power grid, left many families to fall victim to freezing weather, along with food and water shortages.
Through his Houston-based restaurant, Thirteen, Harden was able to provide much-needed relief for a city that he spent nearly a decade playing in.
That’s not all Harden has done though. He’s also been in contact with state officials in an effort to find timely and effective solutions for those impacted by the statewide power failure.
On Monday, Harden discussed in more detail what he’s been doing to aid the citizens of Houston.
“I’m on calls literally every day, all day trying to impact the city because they’ve shown me so much love and respect in the time that I was there… I call Houston home. It’s devastating obviously. It’s probably worse than the hurricane just because we just don’t know how many people were affected, not having electricity, not having power and isn’t able to eat or be outside or whatever the case may be.”
“So, not only food—obviously,” Harden continues. “I have a restaurant in Houston that is not open yet—but not only food, we’re trying to feed as many people as we can. A lot of water. You know, shoutout to Body Armour that is helping me with that. But, we have a lot of Body Armour shipping in this week for people which I will be posting.”
Harden, who donated $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in 2017 and groceries to 5,000 families in need in the Greater Houston area in 2020, wants those who look to him for aid to know that he won’t stop offering his help.
“And as far as plumbing, I am in contact with some plumbing companies that have been for these last few days that have been taking care of 70 houses a day, you patching up these pipes because once the electricity came back on, pipes started to burst,” he says. “We’ve seen so many cases of that in Houston.
I’ve been in contact with the mayor—Mayor Turner. Just so many people that I’ve known that are able to help while I’m not there. And you know, obviously, this is a huge problem but I try to impact and help as much as I can while I’m out there. And I’ll continue that. It won’t stop because there’s so many people that’s been affected that I can’t stop.”