LaMelo Ball Donates Hundreds Of Blankets To Homeless In Charlotte

MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 01: LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets laughs against the Miami Heat prior to his first career start at American Airlines Arena on February 01, 2021 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

LaMelo Ball Donates Hundreds Of Blankets To Homeless In Charlotte

The city has seen a 25 percent spike in homelessness since the pandemic began.

Published February 7th

Written by Paul Meara

LaMelo Ball is teaming up with the Salvation Army in order to supply hundreds of homeless people in Charlotte, N.C., with blankets during the peak winter months.

According to TMZ Sports, the donation of 500 blankets is the first the Hornets rookie has made to the charitable organization’s efforts to assist the homeless. A spokesman says the Salvation Army is very excited to partner up with LaMelo.

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"There's a lot of need out there so we're thankful when people like LaMelo step up to provide something like this," the spokesperson told the sports news outlet.

The gesture comes at a very crucial time for the city. TMZ reports that the city has seen a 25 percent spike in its homeless population since the coronavirus pandemic began. Temperatures are also supposed to dip into the low 20s over the next few weeks of February.

NBC Charlotte’s Ashley Stroehlein tweeted video of one of the Salvation Army locations that received some of the blankets and showed an elated staff. See the video below.

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