Current San Antonia Spur, former Oregon State University basketball star Drew Eubanks, may live in Texas today, but he will always have a heart for his home state. In the aftermath of the devastating wildfires, Eubanks launched a fundraising campaign called “Heart for Oregon” to support the Oregon Food Bank.
“It’s bad enough we’re in a crazy year living in the pandemic. People are struggling to make ends meet as it is and then it is fire season and their houses get burned down,” Eubanks told the Spurs Zone. “I’m just trying to help. It’s not good for anybody right now.”
He partnered with Portland Gear, an apparel design business, to produce stickers and t-shirts reading the slogan “Heart for Oregon.” For every $30 t-shirt bought, 60 meals will go to the Oregon Food Bank.
“I reached out to them because I had seen that they were raising money,” Eubanks told the Daily Barometer. “I decided to hop on and hoped that with my following we could raise a lot. Portland Gear did a great job of designing the shirt and spreading awareness. Hopefully, we can continue to raise money for the food bank.”
Portland Gear has already raised $25,000 for the food bank, and Eubanks donated an additional $5,000. He will also cover the cost of up to 500 prints for the fundraising campaign so all the money raised can go towards donated meals.
For the 23-year-old from Troutdale, Oregon, helping the state out post-fires is more than charity, it’s personal. His fiancé, Hailey Thomas, is from Oregon City, and her family had to evacuate for a day to escape the fires. His own family was almost in danger during the 2017 fire season.
“[The fundraiser] is important to me because it impacts a lot of people I know in Oregon,” Eubank told the News for San Antonio. “There’s a bunch of different fires all up-and-down Oregon but the main one that really hit close to home was in the Oregon City area.”
To support his campaign, go to Portlandgear.com.
By Jessica Goddard