Iwundu joins team­mate Isaac in ef­fort to help feed kids dur­ing lo­cal school clo­sures

Orlando Sentinel - - Sports Tuesday - By Roy Parry

Or­lando Magic for­ward Wes Iwundu has made a do­na­tion to help team­mate Jonathan Isaac pro­vide food for Cen­tral Florida school chil­dren dur­ing the coronaviru­s out­break.

Ear­lier this month, Isaac in­vested in the pro­gram with his lo­cal church, J.U.M.P Min­istries, to feed school-aged chil­dren un­der 18 with grab-and-go break­fast and lunch boxes. His Pro­jec­tLifeNow.org ef­fort will con­tinue while the pan­demic pre­vents chil­dren from eat­ing at school.

“Project Life sim­ply be­lieves in stand­ing in the gap for oth­ers when they can’t stand for them­selves,” Isaac said in a video posted to so­cial me­dia.

The grab-and-go pro­gram is be­ing run out of J.U.M.P. Min­istries, 2550 W. Colo­nial Drive, Suite 300, in Or­lando. The hot break­fast can be picked up from 8:30 to 11 a.m., and the hot-lunch item from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day.

In ad­di­tion, Isaac said fam­i­lies can pick up a box of non-per­ish­able food items ev­ery

Fri­day. Isaac said the group also plans to drop off break­fast and lunch meals for the chil­dren of fam­i­lies living in many of the ex­tended-stay ho­tels along West Colo­nial Drive.

Isaac thank Iwundu and ap­plauded the ef­forts of other Magic team­mates have made to as­sist their com­mu­ni­ties. Iwundu replied, “Ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing you do bro.”

On his Instagram page, Isaac of­fered more praise for Iwundu, and oth­ers who

have con­trib­uted to the pro­gram.

“I want to shout out my guy, my team­mate, my brother Wes Iwundu for do­nat­ing to the cause — ‘COVID-19: Ready, Set, Feed,’” Isaac wrote on Instagram. “It’s amaz­ing and I ap­pre­ci­ate you Bro, but more so the kids who are go­ing to get fed and the fam­i­lies that are go­ing to be taken care of ap­pre­ci­ate you even more. Shout to [Iwundu] and shout out to ev­ery­body who are con­tin­u­ing to push this.”

Isaac and Iwundu came into the league to­gether as the Magic’s first- and sec­on­dround picks in the 2017 NBA draft.

Iwundu’s do­na­tion is an­other way the Magic have tried to lend a help­ing hand amid un­cer­tain times.

Last week, D.J. Au­gustin made a fi­nan­cial do­na­tion to Krewe of Red Beans in New Or­leans. The group is de­liv­er­ing food from New Or­leans restau­rants to health­care work­ers on the front lines of the coronaviru­s bat­tle.

An en­try from the Go­FundMe page set up on be­half of Krewe of Red Beans in­di­cates that money is be­ing raised “to buy food-treats for hos­pi­tal work­ers (doc­tors, nurses, tech, se­cu­rity, [etc.].”

Aaron Gor­don con­trib­uted do­na­tions to help feed homeless chil­dren in the Or­ange County pub­lic school sys­tem with a do­na­tion to the Homeless Ed­u­ca­tion fund at the Foun­da­tion for OCPS and to the San Fran­cisco-based non­profit My New Red Shoes. Gor­don grew up in the Bay area in nearby San Jose.

My New Red Shoes pro­vides well-fit­ted shoes and clean cloth­ing to chil­dren in need, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s web­site mynewred­shoes.org.

In the wake of the NBA’s sus­pen­sion of the reg­u­lar sea­son, the own­ers of the Magic, the DeVos Fam­ily, pledged up to $2 mil­lion to as­sist Amway Cen­ter hourly work­ers for lost games due to the shut­down. Magic cen­ters Nikola Vuce­vic and Mo Bamba added ad­di­tional funds for the work­ers.

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Wes Iwundu has made a do­na­tion to help team­mate Jonathan Isaac and his Pro­jec­tLifeNow.org ef­fort to pro­vide meals for chil­dren amid the coronaviru­s out­break.

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