Major cruise liners and The Walt Disney Company are paying it forward by donating millions of dollars to help relief efforts in the Bahamas, which is struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Dorian.
The storm’s catastrophic winds and flooding killed seven, and relief officials have reported scenes of mass destruction in some areas.
Royal Caribbean said in a statement it would pledge $1 million towards relief efforts in the area, and its partner ITM in Freeport would donate an additional $100,000.
The Bahamas has been part of our family for nearly 5 decades. Our thoughts & support are with them during this difficult time. As part of our Dorian disaster relief efforts, we’re committing $1M to help them rebuild. To join the cause, please visit: https://t.co/ysuDfFL4oD pic.twitter.com/aJ5qL7Nb8g
— Royal Caribbean (@RoyalCaribbean) September 3, 2019
“The Bahamas has been part of our family for nearly 5 decades. Our thoughts & support are with them during this difficult time,” Royal Caribbean announced.
The cruise liner added that it would match guest and employee donations of up to $500,000 to the Pan American Development Foundation.
The Walt Disney Company also pledged more than $1 million in relief efforts, with most of the money going to nonprofit agencies in the area and donating food and basic resources to those who need it.
“The Walt Disney Company stands with the people of The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.
“We hope our $1 million donation will provide much-needed relief and help our neighbors, colleagues, and all those impacted by this devastating storm begin the long process of recovery as they work to put their lives and communities back together,” Iger’s statement continued.
Carnival Cruise Line also pledged to help in relief efforts, saying it is working to determine how best to help those in the Bahamas affected by the storm.
Together with @CarnivalPLC we pledge our support for The Bahamas as they assess the damage from Hurricane Dorian & begin recovery efforts. We are determining how to help the Grand Bahama shipyard & its employees & once ready our ships will be calling on all of its Bahamian ports.
— Carnival Cruise Line (@CarnivalCruise) September 3, 2019
“To our friends in The Bahamas, please know you will not be alone in your effort. All of us at Carnival Corporation pledge to work with you,” Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said in a statement. “We have been and remain in constant contact with government officials as they determine the highest priorities for both the short term and long term.”