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Knicks center and Brooklyn native Taj Gibson provided lunch on Thursday to NYCHA workers at the Ingersoll Houses, where he was raised.
"Thank you. Your support, your hard work every day goes unnoticed. But we see it," Gibson said at the event in Fort Greene, per WABC. "We really appreciate you."
NYCHA workers have been essential amid the coronavirus pandemic to assist residents of the city's housing projects.
"That's a blessing because he don't have to do that," Rhashon Davis, a NYCHA employee, told WABC. "So for him to come back where he was born and raised at and come down and actually take his time to give back to the NYCHA employees that's our here day in and day out, we appreciate that."
Gibson has regularly hosted events and spearheaded programs to give back to the Brooklyn community where he was raised. He is also one of several Knicks and Nets to provide donations to the local community amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Among them: Julius Randle and Bobby Portis donated more than $200,000 to foundations dedicated to helping families struggling amid the coronavirus crisis.
Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars and hundreds of thousands of meals to local families in need. Nets owner Joe Tsai and his wife Clara Wu Tsai have donated nearly 3 million items of personal protective equipment to area health care workers.
According to the NBA, the league, teams, players and owners have provided more than $88 million toward support and relief amid the pandemic, and players and teams have donated meals to people in need and PPE to health-care workers.