Once a Torontonian, always a Torontonian. Sacramento Kings player and former Raptor Cory Joseph showed he still has mad love for the 6ix by announcing he and his family are donating thousands of face shields to healthcare workers in the city. Joseph had nothing but love to show for his former home.
The Pickering, Ont.-born athlete and his family have partnered up with Operation Canadian Shield to help out in what Joseph described as a heartbreaking situation.
The former Raptor, who played in the city between 2015 and 2017, voiced his pride at being able to pitch in and help out his hometown from afar.
"It is heartbreaking to witness the effects of this pandemic around the world, so I wanted to do my part to help where I grew up,” Joseph stated in the Kings' release.
“The courageous work of the hospital community is admirable, and it is important to help protect them. I look forward to providing support in Toronto along with upcoming community efforts throughout Canada and Sacramento as we fight this virus together.”
The Operation Canadian Shield initiative is designed to supply frontline workers with the essential safety equipment required to treat COVID-19 patients.
Funds raised through the scheme allow these supplies to be delivered free of charge to the health care community.
Joseph and his family have also teamed up with the Kings' chief of staff and fellow Canadian Roy Rana to support this cause.
Frontier, Sunnybrook Foundation, and University Health Network are also involved in the efforts in the 6ix.
In the Kings' release, Rana appeared truly touched by Joseph’s actions.
“This is a tragic situation for all of us, and at the same time it is inspiring to see Cory’s leadership in this effort,” Rana said in the release.
“I am honoured to help him aid these healthcare heroes back home while they put their lives on the line to save others.”
Getting masks and face shields to the city’s healthcare workers has been an ongoing effort that has seen a few setbacks.
In fact, just last week, 60,000 masks were recalled in Toronto after it was found they were not offering sufficient protection to their wearers.
However, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, efforts like Cory’s continue to occur as well.
There’s even a group of Ontario University students who are 3D printing and distributing masks throughout the GTA.
Joseph's efforts also come after fellow former Raptor DeMar DeRozan matched Serge Ibaka's $20,000 donation to COVID-19 relief.
It's nice to know that even when they leave, Torontonians will always rep the 6ix.