NBA legend Michael Jordan announced on Tuesday that he will be contributing $1 million to hurricane relief efforts in the Bahamas.
“I am devastated to see the destruction that Hurricane Dorian has brought to the Bahamas, where I own property and visit frequently,” Jordan said in a statement released by his spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy.
“My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who have lost loved ones. As the recovery and relief efforts continue, I will be tracking the situation closely and working to identify non-profit agencies where the funds will have the most impact,” he added.
“The Bahamian people are strong and resilient and I hope that my donation will be of help as they work to recover from this catastrophic storm.”
Statement From Michael Jordan pic.twitter.com/JIcPGE8y2C
— Estee Portnoy (@esteep) September 10, 2019
Reuters reported that Dorian’s official death toll in the Bahamas has risen to at least 50 people.
The Category 5 storm hammered the archipelago with winds upward of 200 miles per hour.
“It was one of the strongest Caribbean hurricanes on record and stands as the worst disaster in Bahamian history,” according to Reuters.
The U.N.’s World Food Programme estimates 76,000 people are in need of food and other assistance, and around 13,000 homes have been destroyed.
Tuesday was not Jordan’s first large donation in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
CARE JORDAN: Michael Jordan just donated $1 million to hurricane relief efforts in the Bahamas – and it’s not the first time the NBA legend’s made such a generous donation ❤️️🏀 pic.twitter.com/7hptOTfD4G
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 10, 2019
Last year, the former Chicago Bulls star, who currently owns the Charlotte Hornets, donated $2 million toward Hurricane Florence relief efforts in his home state of North Carolina, Sports Illustrated reported.
Samaritan’s Purse reported it airlifted an emergency field hospital and medical team to the islands at the request of the World Health Organization and the Bahamian government.
Additionally, the organization sent of emergency supplies and relief team specialists to the Bahamas with materials for temporary shelters, water filters and community filtration units that turn saltwater to drinking water.
As of Monday, U.S. Coast Guard crews had rescued over 380 people in the Bahamas.
Walmart announced Tuesday that it will donate up to $500,000 to organizations helping with the relief efforts both in the Bahamas and the United States, listing specifically The Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
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