Shaquille O’Neal, a member of the NBA Hall of Fame, shown his philanthropic side yet again by surprising a woman with a gift. Kquoella Lewis was in Best Buy in Lafayette, Louisiana, when she observed a tall figure walking alongside her.
This towering figure, according to KLFY, was none other than the famed basketball player. The two struck up a conversation, and O’Neal indicated interest in purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip phone. Lewis was also interested in the same device.
When the store clerk went to retrieve O’Neal’s phone, he made it clear that he would be acquiring two of them. “Get two, one for me and one for her,” the NBA legend said. Lewis was ecstatic at O’Neal’s generosity in purchasing a $1,200 device for her.
O’Neal is no stranger to philanthropic acts and has stacked up quite a number of unexpected acts of kindness. O’Neal once gifted his watch to a three-time heart attack survivor he met at a Golden State Warriors game, according to BecauseofThemWeCan.
Today.com also reported about the time when O’Neal decided to make the day of a random stranger he met at a jewelry store by paying off the engagement ring he had put on layaway. He defended his act, saying, “Don’t worry about it. I do it all the time. I’m just trying to make people smile. That’s all.”
Aside from his many random acts of kindness, O’Neal donates to a variety of charitable organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Feed the Children, the Special Olympics, and his own foundation, the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation, which he established to support various causes such as education, healthcare, and underserved communities.