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Joe Harris keeping hometown kids’ shooting hands warm with holiday gifts

Lake Chelan Now

Joe Harris has partnered with a local youth group in his hometown of Chelan, Washington, to keep kids in his hometown warm this holiday season. When Harris learned Lake Chelan Valley youth were lacking winter gear, local media said he decided to put together holiday gifts of hats and gloves to needy local students.

“I’m extremely grateful to be able to give back during these challenging times,” Harris told Lake Chelan Now. “Giving back to my community that always took care of me is the least I can do and something that I take a lot of pride in.”

In partnership with Thrive Chelan Valley, Harris provided 380 pairs of gloves and warm hats to Chelan and Manson students. Each gift package came with a message...

“Happy Holidays! We hope these gloves keep your shooting hands warm. Keep gettin’ those buckets,” read the message.

Items were delivered to Lake Chelan and Manson schools in north central Washington this week. About a fifth of the area’s population lives below the poverty line, according to U.S. Census data.

“This donation will bring a smile to each and every student who receives a hat and gloves as it will allow them to stay warm while enjoying the snow at recess,” Manson School District Nurse, Michelle Rogge told Lake Chalen Now.

Earlier this year, Harris and his family officially established their own nonprofit organization, Joe Harris Basketball to help the community. Harris signed a new four-year, $72 million contract last month.

The Harris family has supported youth for years by providing a summer basketball camp as well as annual scholarship support for graduating seniors. Their annual coaching clinic in May raises funds to provide the camp to aspiring athletes each June.

Kayla Helleson, Thrive’s Executive Director. said, “In addition to meeting a basic need, these hats and gloves remind Chelan and Manson youth, every time they put them on, that they are cared for deeply by folks near and far.”