Michael Jordan returns home, meets with hurricane victims

Michael Jordan returns home, meets with hurricane victims
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan greets people and hands out food for Thanksgiving to members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Gerry Broome)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan returned to his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina and met with some hurricane victims who benefited from his $2 million donation.

Stephanie Parker, her husband and four young children spent nearly months living in shelters provided by the American Red Cross, which Jordan helped fund. She hugged and thanked the owner of the NBA Charlotte Hornets.

She says Jordan's visit "means he hasn't forgotten. It means we are important."

Jordan handed out Thanksgiving dinners at a home improvement store and gave away Jordan Brand shoes at a Boys & Girls Club Tuesday where he once played.

The six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls says it was important for him to return home and see people in person, telling The Associated Press, "I can give money all day long, but at some point you want them to understand you're human."

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan greets people and hands out food for Thanksgiving to members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan greets people and hands out food for Thanksgiving to members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan smiles as he greets people and hands out food for Thanksgiving to members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan smiles as he greets people and hands out food for Thanksgiving to members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan poses for a photo while greeting people and handing out food for Thanksgiving to members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan poses for a photo while greeting people and handing out food for Thanksgiving to members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP)
Mondasia Lesine reacts as a friend shows her new shoes presented by Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan following Jordan's visit to the Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Mondasia Lesine reacts as a friend shows her new shoes presented by Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan following Jordan's visit to the Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan grips a bag while handing out food for Thanksgiving to members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan grips a bag while handing out food for Thanksgiving to members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan gives a bag of food for Thanksgiving to a woman while greeting members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan gives a bag of food for Thanksgiving to a woman while greeting members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan greets people and hands out food for Thanksgiving to members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan greets people and hands out food for Thanksgiving to members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan greets people and hands out Thanksgiving food to members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan greets people and hands out Thanksgiving food to members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP)

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