The New Orleans Pelicans have donated $1 million to help Hurricane Ida victims in Texas.
ESPN’s Andrew Lopez
Jrue and Lauren Holiday are spearheading a group of former New Orleans Pelicans players who are donating to the towns in Southeast Louisiana devastated by Hurricane Ida last month.
Four truckloads of goods will be sent to the area by The Holidays, Langston Galloway, Jahlil Okafor, and Frank Jackson. There are 200 generators, 200 gas cans, and gift cards for petrol and shops among the supplies.
The supplies are expected to arrive this weekend at the earliest.
In a statement to ESPN, the Holidays said, “We will always consider New Orleans home for us, and the people have always supported us through our most difficult moments, and it is our duty to do the same.”
The absence of electricity has delayed disaster recovery in the region, with up to 900,000 people without power in the hurricane-affected areas of Louisiana. Generators soon became a must-have item for many of the families who remained, and lines for fuel have been long since people began to return to the region.
While the majority of New Orleans will regain electricity by the end of the week, many people in the surrounding regions may remain without power for the rest of September. Despite the storm’s effects, the Pelicans are on pace to open training camp in New Orleans at the end of the month as planned.
“We will always consider New Orleans to be our home, and the people have always been supportive of us through our most trying moments, and it is our responsibility to reciprocate.” Holidays with Jrue and Lauren
Prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, the Holidays committed the remainder of Jrue’s pay to the JLH Social Impact Fund, which will combat racism and injustice in Black communities in New Orleans, Indianapolis (Lauren’s birthplace), and Los Angeles (Jrue’s hometown). The gift is given via the Full of Grace Foundation, which is responsible for the couple’s social impact projects.
Before the 2020-21 season, the Pelicans traded Holiday to Milwaukee, and he went on to assist the Bucks win the NBA championship. Jrue Holiday competed for USA Basketball this summer and joined his wife as a gold medalist. Lauren Holiday was a part of the United States women’s soccer team that won gold in 2008 and 2012.
Okafor spent two seasons with the Pelicans (2018-20), while Jackson spent three seasons with the team (2017-20). Last season, they both played for the Detroit Pistons.
Galloway, a Baton Rouge native who played 55 games for the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2016-17 season, is donating via The Langston Galloway Foundation, which he founded with his wife, Sabrina, in 2018.
“Louisiana is home for Langston and me, so when Hurricane Ida came, we realized that, although our hometown was spared, our friends and family in the surrounding parishes needed us more than ever,” Sabrina Galloway said, adding that they worked with the mayor of Baton Rouge to help with the response. “Working in our community is who we are, and who we are is what we do. This tragedy is no exception. It’s even more wonderful to join forces with our NBA family to make a bigger difference.”
GRE3N, the business founded by Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, is also working in the region to clean up after Hurricane Ida and restore power.
On Aug. 30, the day after the hurricane devastated Southeast Louisiana, Pelicans owner Gayle Benson made an initial $1 million contribution to the Gulf Coast Renewal Fund. JJ Redick, a former Pelicans player, and his wife, Chelsea, gave $100,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank in New Orleans to help with the recovery efforts.