Minor League baseball player and Grand Bahama resident, Chavez Young, was able to raise over $11,000 in an effort to provide hurricane relief to his home island and Abaco, that were devastated by Hurricane Dorian, via a GoFundMe account.
The Dunedin Blue Jays’ right fielder donated the funds to the Salvation Army (Grand Bahama) on Monday, September 16, where it would go a very long way in providing stability for the heavily impacted islands.
“It was devastating just watching the storm from the United States. A lot of people who I know and grew up with, hearing that their houses were being destroyed, I can’t say I know what these people are going through,” he expressed solemnly. “You can only put yourself in their shoes, and you would only want somebody to do something and help.”
Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc in the Northern Bahamas as a category 5 storm September 1-4, 2019. Young, along with other Bahamian athletes, including Chavanno ‘Buddy’ Hield, Jonquel Jones launched individual efforts to raise funds toward relief assistance.
Young took notice of the damage Hurricane Dorian created via social media. It was at that moment, the minor leaguer felt compelled to organize relief efforts. Ultimately, Young and the Salvation Army in Canada began networking to raise funds.
“I talked to my agency and asked them if they could help me with starting a foundation to send money back home. The next day (September 2) it hit Grand Bahama, my home. I knew I had to hurry and do something about this.
“The Salvation Army in Canada was really aware of it (the storm). They contacted me and asked how things were going and created awareness in Canada, and I really appreciated it.
“The Blue Jays organization, they created a lot of resources for me to get back home and helping me bring stuff home for my family and created awareness, as well as donating. I really appreciate them,” said a grateful Young.
Major Hendrick Sumter, who is the island’s representative for the Salvation Army, shared that the donation from Young would further assist them in their efforts to help residents of Grand Bahama.
“We’re forever grateful for Chavez coming in and presenting this donation to us. The immediate need has been food, hygiene kits and clean up kits, which lasts about 30 days. Thereafter, individuals have their houses and furniture that have been destroyed.
“The donation he has made could actually go toward providing things like appliances, beds, mattresses. The donation he has made is very instrumental in getting lives back together and making sure the citizens of Grand Bahama can have hope,” said Major Sumter.