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Tacko Fall a big help for a Maine non-profit

Partners for World Health donates medical supplies to countries in need. When Fall found out about a shipment bound for his birthplace, he wanted to help pack it.

PORTLAND, Maine — At 7'5", Maine Red Claws and Boston Celtics two-way player Tacko Fall can reach places most would need a ladder to get to. It makes him the perfect person to stuff a truck full of medical supplies to its tippy-top.

Fall volunteered with Partners for World Health on Thursday. The Portland-based non-profit sends medical supplies to countries in need. One of those countries is Senegal, where Fall was born and raised. When he found out a shipment of goods was going to his hometown this wee, he wanted to be there to help pack everything up.

"This is the type of work I want to do eventually," says Fall. "It's up to us, some of us that made it out, to help."

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Fall brought some of his teammates along to make the packing process go faster. Players mingled with volunteers and took pictures with excited fans.

"He probably does a lot of media stuff, but I think this one is personal," says Julie Forsyth, Director of Operations with Partners for World Health. "These supplies are going to is hometown."

Fall says he still has a lot of family in Senegal, including his mother. He says ending help to people he knows makes him feel closer to home.

The Red Claws' season starts on Saturday, November 9 when the team travels to Delaware to face the Blue Coats. Maine's home opener is on Friday, November 15 at the Expo.

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