Micheal Jordan returned to his hometown and bought some early holiday cheer to the community.

Jordan was in the Port City on Tuesday to provide Thanksgiving meals for victims of Hurricane Florence. He started handing out food at the Lowe’s on South College Road before moving to the Club, where he gave around 85 kids a meal and a pair of his infamous Jordan shoes.

“It’s a long road back,” Jordan said. “We know that. That’s one of the reasons why I started the contributions. It’s going to take some time, but I think the spirits of Wilmingtonians are really strong, and obviously, I’m one of them, so I felt the need to come back and support them.”

The kids and staff at the Boys and Girls Club appreciated that support. The kids weren’t alive when Jordan last graced a basketball court with his smooth jump shot or dynamic athleticism, but the man in Carolina Blue immediately received a warm welcome of screams and cheers when he walked through the door.

For Jordan, being able to impact the Boys and Girls Club made his trip extra special. Not only did the kids get their meals and shoes, but the club itself received $100,000 to help rebuild after damages from Hurricane Florence.