The Bahamas were ravaged by Hurricane Dorian, but recovery efforts are getting a boost thanks to an NBA legend's huge donation. Former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan announced on Tuesday he will donate a whopping $1 million to 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, shared on Twitter by his spokeswoman and manager, Estee Portnoy. "My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and those who have lost loved ones." Here’s Michael Jordan’s statement that was on Twitter.
The Category 5 storm hit the Bahamas on Sept. 1. The government's official death toll was at 50 on Tuesday but is expected to grow. Thousands of people remain missing or displaced with many others still in need of food, water and other basic necessities. Last year, Jordan donated $2 million toward Hurricane Florence relief efforts in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina. Health Minister Duane Sands confirmed to NBC News early Tuesday that 44 people have died due to the hurricane, which battered the Bahamas earlier this month. Thousands remain missing, the outlet reported, as relief efforts are still underway.
This is not the first time Jordan has pitched in to help hurricane relief efforts. He gave even more money and time after Hurricane Florence hit his home state of North Carolina last year.