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Karl-Anthony Towns delivers surprise gift to community superhero: ‘He’s done so many amazing things’

Karl-Anthony Towns delivers surprise gift to community superhero: 'He's done so many amazing things'


With the entirety of his 7-foot, 250-pound frame stuffed into a commercial airline seat, Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns simply can’t stop fidgeting. Nerves, excitement, anticipation — you name it, he’s running the full gamut of emotions.

But Towns isn’t on his way to a playoff game or training camp with a Timberwolves team poised to make a significant leap in the Western Conference. Joy and enthusiasm swirl through his veins as he’s making the 2,000-mile trip from Los Angeles to Fort Wayne, Indiana (with a coincidental layover in Minneapolis) — all so he can deliver a gift to a man he’s never met.

“I just feel like my calling in life is to serve others and be able to be as unselfish as possible, so that’s just naturally who I am,” Towns told CBS Sports. “I just love helping people. It’s really one of my truest passions in life.”

Towns traveled to Fort Wayne to celebrate Eric Wood, a community superhero who organizes a group of over 1,000 volunteers throughout the Fort Wayne area that helps take care of the needs of their neighbors — everything from mowing lawns to household repairs to taking out the trash. Because of his service, Wood was recognized as part of Good Neighbor Month, a joint initiative from State Farm and Disney running throughout September to encourage people to “take action in their communities, unite neighborhoods and spotlight those making a positive impact.”

In front of dozens of members of the community, Towns and State Farm presented Wood with his own customized Marvel superhero comic book cover, along with a trip for his entire family to Disney California Adventure Park. Towns also handed him a check from State Farm for $10,000, to be donated to the charity of Wood’s choosing.


Courtesy of State Farm and Disney

“There’s so much bad in the world and, you know, I wish there would be more showing the good that the world has,” Towns said. “I’m just very blessed that State Farm and Disney gave me a chance to show some of the good out there. …  I was so excited to get to Fort Wayne and be able to see Eric and be able to give him the moment that he deserves. He’s done so many amazing things in his community. He truly is the definition of a good neighbor.”

For Towns, this is nothing new. His desire to see others…

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