Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Philadelphia to help 12 families associated with the program pay three months' worth of mortgage during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:
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Thank you, @tobias31 for ensuring the health and safety of our families. CEO @corinneoc says, "his support will provide mortgage relief for Habitat Homeowners and allow them to focus on what's important—keeping their families safe, warm, dry, and healthy." https://t.co/f03Yu5cTns
"We're experiencing one of the biggest crises in the history of humankind," the 27-year-old said in the press release, per NBC Sports Philadelphia's Noah Levick. "Being able to provide kindness to people putting their lives at risk in hospitals and supporting Philadelphia families in dire need of help is an important responsibility for me."
"[Harris will] also give lunch on Tuesday to 250 health care workers at Temple University Hospital in a partnership with Chick-Fil-A. The final component of Harris' charitable contributions is a donation of 20,000 children's books for home libraries in Philadelphia through the Read by 4th program. It's a fitting donation for Harris, a proud and voracious reader."
Harris' charitable donations predate COVID-19 forcing the NBA to enter a hiatus on March 12. In October, the 2011 first-round pick gifted $1 million to be divided between nine charities, with $600,000 going to Philadelphia-based operations.
Harris has also joined the Sixers in COVID-19 relief efforts:
He is averaging 19.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 34.5 minutes per game across 65 starts for the 39-26 Sixers this season.