Miami Dolphins, Tyler Perry, Michael Jordan, Others Stepped Up For Bahamas, Relief Efforts Continue At Slow Pace

Miami Dolphins, Tyler Perry, Michael Jordan, Others Stepped Up For Bahamas, Relief Efforts Continue At Slow Pace

Hurricane Dorian
Left: Miami Dolphins alumni Mark Duper plays with kids in Nassau, Bahamas. Photo Courtesy of the Miami Dolphins. Right: FILE – In this Feb. 24, 2019 file photo, Tyler Perry arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Less than a day after the family of a slain single mother of four launched a fundraising appeal, Perry has lent his support. News outlets report Perry offered to take care of the family’s rent to stave off eviction, arrange for 45-year-old Tynesha Evans’ body to be flown to Wisconsin for burial and cover her 18-year-old daughter’s tuition at Spelman College so she doesn’t have to drop out.(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Hurricane Dorian may have left the Bahamas ravaged over a month ago, but the rebuilding process is far from over. Since the beautiful nation of islands was devastated by the Category 5 storm, people from all walks of life have been doing their part to support Bahamians in need.

This includes the Miami Dolphins, Tyler Perry, Michael Jordan and a slew of other individuals, celebrities and organizations.

According to a press release on the Dolphins website, the organization is involved in a “series of immediate and long-term rebuilding efforts for the Bahamas.” The organization traveled to Nassau and Freeport to help with relief efforts as recently as Oct. 4-5.

Former Dolphin player and current Senior Vice President of Alumni Relations Nat Moore said, “The support of the Dolphins comes from the top.”

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“We have a community mission to level the playing field through the power of teamwork to inspire. But the resilience of Bahamian people continues to inspire us. This is a long journey ahead for the islands, but their spirit and the support of the community will help in this long-term rebuilding effort,” Moore said.

The Dolphins organization has helped serve hot, nutritious meals to residents, delivered food and supplies and visited and engaged with youth, the release states.

Perry – who just opened the first major movie studio owned by a Black person outright – sent relief via his personal seaplane last month following the storm, reported TMZ. The plane made several trips and was filled with critical supplies.

Perry owns a 25-acre island in the Bahamas called White Cay Bay, reported Black Enterprise. He kept the promise he made to help in an Instagram post on Sept. 3.

“To all the incredible people of the Bahamas who have welcomed me and called me an adoptive son, I want you to know that I am watching closely, and as soon as I can, I will be there to do whatever I can to help you rebuild stronger and better. You’re not only in my heart and my prayers, you’re in my blood. God bless you. Stay Bahamas strong. The sun will shine agin. #HurricaneDorian,” Perry wrote.

According to The Hill, Perry also brought back seven people who needed medical attention, including a pregnant woman and children.

Michael Jordan donated $100 million to relief efforts, Hampton University offered University of Bahamas student a free semester of education and countless others have offered their support.

At the local level in South Florida, where Bahamians have strong roots, there was an outpouring of support. Everyone’s message: Keep it coming. The people of Bahamas need it.