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Buddy Hield, Kings have raised almost $300,000 for Bahamas hurricane relief

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Sacramento Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield is continuing his fund raising efforts for the Bahamas. Together, Hield and the Kings have raised nearly $300,000 for the islands in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

Hield, who hails from Freeport, recently joined Sports Illustrated to elaborate on these relief efforts:

Sports Illustrated: How have the fund-raising efforts been going so far?

Buddy Hield: It’s been good. We’ve raised almost $200,000 through my GoFundMe, and the Kings have also raised $100,000. We’re having a fund-raiser where people can buy a table. My mom’s gonna come down and cook for them. Then we’ll raise money for the [Buddy Hield] Foundation. It’s coming along.

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian was wide-spread. It was an extremely powerful category five cyclone that decimated most of the Bahamas. According to reports, the storm caused catastrophic damage to Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands, with at least 70,000 people left homeless. Damage estimates are somewhere around $7 billion.

Hield says he’ll be returning to the Bahamas in the near future to bring some supplies:

“I’m probably going back next weekend,” Hield said in his interview with SI. “I’ll be bringing some supplies that my sister bought. I know a guy from Chicago has donated almost 300 generators. I’ll pass out blankets that have been donated. I’ll just be telling people to stay strong and doing what I can do to get things back on track.”

Some residents lost everything but the clothes on their backs in Hurricane Dorian. Clearly, though, Hield just wants to help those from his home country in any way he can.