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Sixers’ Tobias Harris to help Philly families with mortgage, provide healthcare workers with lunch, and donate children’s books

Tobias Harris, Sixers

Philadelphia Sixers forward Tobias Harris is doing his part to help those in need during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis.

The Sixers star promised to help 12 Philadelphia families with mortgage assistance, provide lunch to 250 healthcare workers, and distribute 20,000 children’s books for at-home libraries during the pandemic.”

In a press release issued Monday, the Sixers star outlined the multi-faceted relief effort he’s undertaking—which includes helping familes with mortgage assistance, feeding health care workers, and contributing to at-home libraries.

First, Harris will help provide three months of mortgage payment assistance to 12 different families experiencing hardship in North and West areas of the city through donations to Habitat for Humanity of Philadelphia.

In addition, Harris will provide Tuesday’s lunch for 250 workers at Temple University Hospital in partnership with Chick-Fil-A.

Finally, Harris—a prodigious reader himself — will donate 20,000 children’s books for home libraries in Philadelphia through the Read by 4th program.

“We’re experiencing one of the biggest crises in the history of humankind,” said Harris. “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—along with a host of Philadelphia-area athletes—had previously joined the Philly Pledge campaign spearheaded by his teammate, Ben Simmons. The Pledge promotes donations to local non-profit groups dedicated to coronavirus relief efforts.

Fellow Sixers Joel Embiid, Mike Scott, Al Horford, Shake Milton, and Josh Richardson have made public donations during the crisis.

Harris signed a five-year, $180 million deal with the Sixers in June 2019.