Michael Jordan Pledges $1 Million for Hurricane Dorian Relief in Bahamas
Former NBA star makes huge donation to disaster relief efforts
Former NBA star Michael Jordan has pledged to donate $1 million to the disaster relief efforts in the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
The six-time NBA champion and Hornets owner is making the huge donation to several organizations assisting with relief efforts following the record-breaking storm.
In a Tuesday statement on Twitter, through his spokeswoman Estee Portnoy, Jordan said that he's "devastated" by the destruction in the Bahamas.
"My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who have lost loved ones," Mr. Jordan adds.
Jordan, who frequently visits the Bahamas and owns property in the islands, says he has been closely monitoring the situation.
He revealed that he is working to identify nonprofit agencies where the funds will have the most impact.
"I hope that my donation will be of help as they work to recover from this catastrophic storm," Jordan added.
Statement From Michael Jordan pic.twitter.com/JIcPGE8y2C— Estee Portnoy (@esteep) September 10, 2019
"The Bahamian people are strong and resilient," Jordan concluded in the statement.
Thousands of people have been left homeless by the Category 5 hurricane, which destroyed or damaged buildings on Abaco and Grand Bahama islands.
Nearly 5,000 people have arrived in the capital, Nassau, by plane and by boat.
Many are now struggling to start new lives, unclear of how or where to begin.
More than 2,000 of them are staying in shelters, according to government figures.
Carl Smith, a spokesman for the Bahamas’ National Emergency Management Agency, said that more than 2,000 people were in shelters across New Providence island, where Nassau is situated.
Smith says that some were at capacity, but added: “There’s not really a crisis.”
He said the government will open other shelters as needed.