CAMDEN, NJ — Cooper University Health Care, through the Cooper Foundation, has established a Bahamian relief fund to provide support to those affected by Hurricane Dorian after it hit the island nation last week, Cooper Health Chairman George E. Norcross III announced Thursday.

The hurricane devastated large parts of the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, leaving at least 50 dead, thousands missing, and tens of thousands homeless. The Bahamas government on Wednesday said that 2,500 people have been registered as missing.

“The images coming out from the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian have been horrific,” said Norcross, who kicked off the Cooper fundraising effort with a personal donation of $5,000.  “Entire communities have been leveled by the storm and we want to extend our support for the immediate and immense humanitarian needs of the people of the Bahamas.”

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All monies raised will go directly to organizations already active in the Bahamas recovery effort, including Team Rubicon, a veteran-led organization that provides disaster relief; World Central Kitchen, which serves meals to people hit by disasters; and Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian organization.

In the past few years, Cooper employees have contributed more than $45,000 for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and Houston following Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Harvey, respectively.

Cooper University Health Care will match a portion of the proceeds donated. To donate, visit The Cooper Foundation relief fund page.

Additionally, the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency shared a release with instructions for anyone worldwide wanting to contribute to the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund.

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