Heartbroken over the destruction that Hurricane Dorian caused in the Bahamas, Charlotte Hornets owner and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan is pledging to donate to organizations that are assisting with relief efforts.
Through a statement released Tuesday by Michael Jordan’s spokeswoman Estee Portnoy, Jordan announced that he is pledging $1 million towards relief efforts in the aftermath of the storm.
He also added that his “heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who have lost loved ones.”
The island nation, where Jordan owns property and frequently visits, was recently ravaged by the Category 5 storm, leaving many people dead and a path of utter destruction in its wake.
So far, officials are saying that at least 50 people are confirmed dead, while thousands are still unaccounted for, and over 70,000 people have been left homeless on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands. Many buildings were destroyed or damaged on these islands, which were hit the hardest.
But Jordan is hoping that his sizable donation will do some good for the Bahamian people, who he calls “strong and resilient,” as they work to recover from the catastrophic disaster. He is committed to identifying the non-profit agencies that he feels will have the most impact.
And as recovery and relief efforts continue, Jordan says that he “will be tracking the situation closely.”
The NBA superstar isn’t the only star who is opening his heart and bank account to help out, either. Other efforts are being made from celebrities such as pop star Rihanna, rapper Ludacris, athlete Buddy Hield, and musician Lenny Kravitz.
TV and movie mogul Tyler Perry is also helping out in a big way. Perry, who has a personal seaplane based in Nassau, Bahamas, is flying relief supplies to the Abaco Islands, which were hit hardest of all the Bahamas islands.
Tyler’s plane has already made multiple trips, bringing bottled water, juice, diapers, sleeping bags, hygiene products, and many other much-needed basic necessities.
He also brought back passengers on return trips who were in need of medical attention, including a pregnant woman and small children.