Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 2:35 pm  |  14 responses

Zach Randolph and Brendan Haywood Paying the Bills for Struggling Families

Great charitable gestures out of big men Zach Randolph and Brendan Haywood — they’re picking up the tab for some needy families in their respective towns, thereby ensuring that the lights and heat stay on in dozens of homes. Per MyFoxMemphis and the Charlotte Observer: “Come from single parent home, mom was on welfare, struggled myself so I know what it’s like,’ Randolph said. ‘Been fortunate, blessed. Just like to give back because I think this something the Lord has served me to do, give back, brings me blessings in other ways. I’m here to tell you you’re a blessing to me.’ RAndolph donated $20,000 to Metropolitan Inter-Faith ASsociation (MIFA) to be allocated to 100 homes in the Memphis area, as part of their MLGW Plus-1 program, which is a program administered by MIFA to pay utility services for those in need.’ [...] Ariana Cancel, 30, is looking forward to moving out of the Salvation Army homeless shelter in a couple of weeks and settling into her own three-bedroom East Charlotte apartment with her five children. Still, she has some concerns about the future. She wants to ensure she’ll be able to pay all of her bills while also providing for her children and studying to become a certified nursing assistant. ‘I’m overwhelmed. I can’t wait,’ she said. ‘I’ve been saving money.’ Now, with the help of Charlotte Bobcats center Brendan Haywood, Cancel and 14 other women will have one less bill to worry about for a year. On Sunday, Haywood surprised the women at the Center of Hope homeless shelter with news that he is going to pay their electric bills for the upcoming year.”

(H/T: BDL)

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  • Anthony Dixon

    Now this is charity

  • KoloradoKobe

    My man Z-Bo winning in life.

  • spit hot fiyah

    randolph and haywood care. no need for those wack nba cares adds

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    this is amazing. great thing for these 2 to do.

  • Redd

    Damn, bless these dudes, that’s genuine kindness to me.

  • Caboose

    Good for these guys. Incredible.

  • R

    Now if only the nba could put the money from there fines towards families in need, and impoverish families around the world

  • the_unknown

    randolph & haywood > nba cares

  • TBRK

    Thats Love bruh

  • MikeC.

    Grown men doing grown man things. Respect.

  • Raheem Shabazz

    This is what the NBA, ESPN and any other sports outlet should promote. Not that Manti nonsense or what LeBron and Kobe are tweeting. Love this. Respect.

  • jakethesnake

    z-bo’s paid a BUNCH of folks MLGW (memphis light gas & water) bills the last couple of holiday seasons. unless you live here, you have no idea how popular this dude is in memphis.

  • Gee

    For Every fine a Player, Coach or GM, The money should go to Charity specifically for Single Parent, Mental Health Awareness.