Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc on the Bahamas, causing severe damage to the islands. Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is donating $1 million to assist organizations to help with relief efforts from the hurricane’s aftermath.
Michael Jordan said in an official statement posted on Twitter by his manager and spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy, that he was “devastated to see the destruction that Hurricane Dorian has brought to the Bahamas.” Jordan, who owns property and visits the Bahamas frequently, will continue to monitor the situation and choose which non-profit agencies to donate the money to in order to help with recovery efforts.
Jordan says his “heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who lost loved ones.” Dorian hit the Bahamas at a category 5 with the death toll reaching 50 as of Tuesday. At least 2,500 people are being reported as missing while thousands remain homeless. He stated that “the Bahamian people are strong and resilient,” and he hopes his donation will help as they recover from the catastrophic storm.
Statement From Michael Jordan pic.twitter.com/JIcPGE8y2C— Estee Portnoy (@esteep) September 10, 2019
This is not the first time the six-time NBA Champion and Hall of Famer has donated millions of dollars for recovery efforts caused by hurricanes. Michael Jordan also donated $2 million last year towards relief efforts that heavily impacted North Carolina, including his hometown of Wilmington which was severely damaged by the hurricane.
Hurricane Dorian hit the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama the hardest, and nearly all of the residents are still struggling to find shelter. At least 35 of the 50 total deaths were reported from the island of Abaco alone. Dorian tied for the second-strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic with windspeeds that reached up to 220 mph. Abaco and Grand Bahama are home to over 70,000 Bahamians, and the homes that were not completed destroyed are unliveable. Many have sought refuge in shelters in the capital, Nassau, but the shelters have reached maximum capacity. For more information about the severity of Hurricane Dorian’s impact on the Bahamas, check out this article from Vox.com.
How You Can Help:
You can help donate to the relief efforts in the Bahamas by donating directly to the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund via The National Emergency Management Agency. Charity Navigator also has a list of many organizations where you can donate. If you are looking to donate supplies, you can find how to do so at Bahamas.com/relief.