SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - It was a special day at Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. On Tuesday, Golden State Warriors' forward Kevin Durant delivered the goods in the form of holiday gifts at the transitional housing center.
"Yesterday was such a special day for the young people in our services. We were thrilled to host the [Durant] at one of our housing sites where more than a dozen young people live. After touring the entire site, Kevin handed out gifts including KD gear like shoes and backpacks as well as other essentials like warm blankets, gift cards and bicycles," said Sherilyn Adams, executive director, Larkin Street Youth Services.
The appearance at the Tenderloin center, located at 134 Golden Gate Avenue, was coordinated in partnership with Alaska Airlines, which partners as a corporate sponsor with the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation to help youth at Larkin Street and families at Oakland Elizabeth House.
"KD chatted with every young person who attended and posed for photos with anyone who asked. His sincerity was very obvious as he spent time checking out an app being developed by one of our young people, while gently ribbing another about his University of Michigan gear," Adams wrote in an email.
According to their website, the non-profit has served over 75,000 young people, ages 12 to 24, who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness. They provide a range of services including outreach, shelter, housing, health, wellness, education and employment.
"Especially during the holiday season, we ask the community for financial contributions, which are the most effective way to help the young people we serve. Funds go where they are most needed, ensuring expert care for these young people on their paths to self-sufficiency," Adams said.
Larkin Street Youth Services says they helped more than 2,500 young people last year with the support of their donors.
More photos from KD's visit here
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