More than 250 containers
In partnership with Tropical Shipping, the program began Sept. 4, three days after Hurricane Dorian struck the northwestern part of the Bahamas, and generated an outpouring of donations flliing more than 250 shipping containers.
Most of the containers were delivered directly to the country’s National Emergency Management Agency over the past three weeks, providing immediate relief to residents impacted by the storm. In close coordination with NEMA, the remaining containers are in process of being delivered as soon as possible for distribution.
Outpouring of support
‘We are so appreciative of all the individuals and organizations that moved with such a sense of urgency and heartfelt concern to collect and drop off a remarkable volume of donations in a very short amount of time, all of which were delivered when needed most in the immediate aftermath of the storm,’ said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corp.
‘It is truly inspiring to see so many people and organizations come together to help others in a time of need.’ The donations, he added, are ‘making a big difference for our neighbors in the Bahamas.’
Program concluded Sept. 27
The success of the program, which concluded Sept. 27, was driven by donations from individuals and organizations throughout South Florida and North America, with collection sites across Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Carnival Corp. continues to provide support to the Bahamas in a number of ways. Its brands are conducting donation drives through Direct Relief and World Central Kitchen. The company and its philanthropic arm, Carnival Foundation, are among those supporting chef José Andres’s World Central Kitchen, which is serving more than 25,000 meals per day to people throughout the Bahamas.
In coordination with the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, Carnival Corp. has pledged $2m in funding and in-kind support for the relief efforts.