PBA: Harris to treat street children again after Alaska makes Finals
Paul Lintag on Nov 17, 2018 10:21 PM
"When I found out we were coming back for another game here [Cuneta], I wanted to do something different and I ended up seeing Jollibee in the corner, I heard that's like on of the favorite places here and so I decided to take them there and get them something to eat," --- Mike Harris. (Screenshot from Alma Pangaibat on Facebook)
Mike Harris is not out to get good notoriety but the Alaska import definitely has a heart made of pure gold.
A video of Harris has been viral online, showing the leading Governors' Cup Best Import candidate treating a group of street children to meals at a popular fastfood restaurant.
The children are from the area near the Cuneta Astrodome where the Aces have played a number of games this conference.
It wasn't the first time Harris treated a group of children in the area to meals but their recent trip to the fastfood restaurant was Mike taking his deed to the next level.
"From where I'm from I don't believe in giving people money, I believe in giving them something that they can really value so I gave them [street childen] some water and I saw how they all tried to grab it and run. So when I got in the car, I decided to go back and there was a little stand so I got them some snacks," Harris said, starting to narrate how the now-viral video first came about.
"When I found out we were coming back for another game here [Cuneta], I wanted to do something different and I ended up seeing Jollibee in the corner, I heard that's like on of the favorite places here and so I decided to take them there and get them something to eat," he added.
Harris says that giving the young children some good food was just that, he never intended to make the whole thing public.
It just so happened that other people ended up recording the whole thing and posting it online.
"I don't post it becase that wasn't my intention," Harris said.
"I came from a small family and a small town, we didn't have much and so I had to work non-stop to get everything. My mother and my grandmother, they taught me hard work. I know the real value of hard work and I just saw an opportunity to do something. It just so happened that we keep playing here. Luckily we keep winning so the bonus money is helping out. I just like it. Me and my wife we do something similar back home but it's not something to post [for me]," he added.
After the Aces clinched a Finals berth in the Governors' Cup with a 3-1 semis win over Meralco Saturday, Harris revealed that he'll treat the same children to another meal.
However, he's a little nervous now about how many would actually show up especially since the first have become viral already.
"I'm a little afraid now because I don't know how many are going to be out there," Harris joked.
"But I only do it for the little kids, big kids have their own thing. It was just the little kids, I know they can't work right now so for them it's very beneficial. I gotta get a quote I don't know if Jollibee have enough chicken. Who knows, we'll see," he added.
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