And it’s the second time he’s hosted the community event ahead of the holiday.
One year ago, Jarrett Allen brought 25 kids Thanksgiving shopping in Jackson Heights with a budget of $70 per person – on Allen’s dime – teaching the next generation the importance of finances.
This year – inside Key Food at 492 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill on Sunday – Allen and the kids were accompanied by some of their family members, curious onlookers and an increase of media from 12 months prior.
“It just feels like the right thing to do,” Allen said at the event, always citing his upbringing as a driving point to his charitable activity. “Math is our future. We’re trying to get these kids to grow up and understand that we have to earn certain things.”
Among the community groups involved were Ingersoll Cornerstone Community Center and Children of Promise (CPNYC ).
Served by University Settlement, Ingersoll serves over 2,000 children, adults and teenagers annually.
CPNYC has worked with over 1,500 children and strives to meet the needs of children with incarcerated parents. Allen also worked CPNYC this past summer, providing free haircuts to kids at Levels barbershop.
Allen, who turns 21 in April and netted a career-high 24 points against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, adding 11 rebounds, didn’t want to talk about his work on the court.
“Today is about the kids,” he said, grinning from ear to ear. “That’s all I’m focused on.”