NBA all-star, Kinston native Brandon Ingram donates 982 pairs of shoes to hospital employees

Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 11:42 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2020 at 10:58 AM EDT
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KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) - Kinston native and NBA all-star Brandon Ingram donated 982 pairs of Adidas shoes to help the staff at the hospital where he was born battle COVID-19.

“We got asked our shoe size a couple weeks ago,” said Madison Zeagler, UNC Lenoir Health Care employee. “But we were all surprised at what it was.”

Ingram, who plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, footed the bill for 982 pairs of Adidas shoes for staff at UNC Lenoir Health Care in Kinston Tuesday morning.

“[Brandon] was always wanting to give back to the community if we made it big or whatever,” said Donald Ingram, Brandon’s father. “And just as an opportunity to give back to the hospital he was actually born in.”

The shoes were distributed to every employee that works at the hospital.

We’re told Ingram wanted to recognize those heroes on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donald Ingram says this was an $85,000 gift, but says it’s not about the price, it’s about remembering where you’re from and giving back.

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