Rockets’ Eric Gordon donates $50,000, launches fundraiser for Hurricane Dorian-ravaged Bahamas
Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon has started a fundraiser by donating $50,000 for the relief efforts for the Hurricane Dorian-ravaged Bahamas.
Per Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle, Gordon asked for everyone’s help in trying to rebuild the community. The Rockets guard actually spends the offseason in the Bahamas — where his mother is from. Several of his family members still live there as well.
“It’s heartbreaking to see what happened there,” Gordon said. “Some people lost everything. They need our help.”
“I just want to do whatever I can to give back,” he said. “They have a long road ahead of them.
“The Bahamas is a beautiful and wonderful place and what makes it so special is the people. And they need us right now.”
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Hey guys. Not sure if you know, but my mom and her side of the family are descendants of the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, which was decimated by Hurricane Dorian. Thankfully, everyone in my family is safe, but the Bahamians need our help more than ever. As this is an issue close to my heart, I will be donating $50,000 to SBP + Abaco Outreach. They have workers on the ground providing direct relief in the form of generators, medical supplies, food and much more to the people of the Abaco Islands and Freeport. If anyone else would like to support the relief efforts in the Bahamas, please join me in donating to this cause. Each dollar counts and all help is beyond appreciated. Please see the link in my bio to help me reach my goal and please comment below and let me know if you donated. Much appreciation and thank you in advance. 🇧🇸
As of Wednesday, the official death toll was 50 according to several news outlets. However, the local government told reporters that more than 2,500 people are still missing.
As of this writing, the online fundraiser has raised some $55,000 from 63 donors. Gordon detailed that a number of his family members were affected by the hurricane.
“My first cousin, Deon, who resides on the island, just began his farming business and experienced the wrath of Hurricane Dorian. My great grandmother, Raine Archer Roberts, descended from Marsh Harbour, Abaco where most of the damages were done. My great grandfather, Enoch Pedro Roberts, is from Green Turtle Cay, Abaco.”