MOUNT MORRIS TWP. (WJRT) - (12/23/2018) - Flint Beecher alum Monte Morris is used to dishing out the assists on the hardwood but Sunday it was the community he grew up in that he was assisting.
TheDenver Nuggets point guard hosted a Christmas give back, providing food, water and toys for 11 local families at his alma mater Beecher High School Sunday.
"It doesn't surprise me that he's doing that because that's just Monte,” said Latonia Morris, Monte’s mother. “He's just always been like that.”
Morris was supposed to make an appearance to the event for a meet and greet but he had to miss due to a last minute team practice being schedule.
Latonia said her son even kept her in the dark about his plans to come home, in hopes to surprise her.
"I never thought that this early in his career he'd be doing something like this,” said Latonia. “It never even crossed my mind. This is amazing for me and I'm just so proud he even had the thought together and wanted to give back to the community."
Morris worked through his agent Ron Shade and Trayc Cunningham, the athletic and attendance secretary at Beecher High. Cunningham has known Morris since she taught him in Kindergarten and it doesn't surprise her he's doing something like this.
"This is something he would have done even if he wasn't in the position he was in, he probably would have gave back to his community," said Cunningham.
With Roma Pizzeria providing a lunch for the families and Morris wanted to put a personal touch on the donations from Nestle, Kroger and Sneaker Villa that paid homage to the number he wears on his jersey.
“Monte wanted to keep everything with the number 11 so each family is receiving 11 cases of water, they have 11 toys each, he’s spending $1100 dollars at Kroger and we have 11 of the varsity high school basketball players serving food,” said Cunningham.
One of the families that received the donations were the Hartman’s. Amie and her two sons were so grateful for this opportunity.
"I cried on the phone the boys were excited because we just don't get breaks like this so this is just so cool,” said Hartman.
She said seeing someone from her community do this gives them hope for the future.
“It gives hope to the kids,” said Hartman. “You know I was just telling mine at the table that you can go out and do something amazing and no matter what community you're from live your dream and you can come back and help the schools and the people in need."
Cunningham tells ABC 12 the meet and greet with Monte Morris is being rescheduled and it could happen in the next couple weeks.