Fifteen months after he became the first No. 1 overall pick in franchise history, Suns big man Deandre Ayton saw tragedy strike in his homeland of The Bahamas with Hurricane Dorian. Currently, 30 people have died from this natural disaster and it’s expected to rise, per BBC.
From Sunday to Tuesday, Dorian sat dormant on the island and didn’t move towards the United States. It caused unimaginable damage to The Bahamas, and now Ayton wants to do his part helping out.
The 7’1” Bahamian is donating $100,000 to the cause and has asked Suns fans and those in the Phoenix area to join him on Tuesday, September 10, to donate supplies they will ship out there. Items including toiletries, diapers, wipes, first aid kits, cleaning supplies, canned goods, water, non-perishable foods, and much more. A time and location has yet to be announced but Ayton and the Suns will release that info as soon as possible.
If you want to help out, be on the lookout for the latest information coming from Ayton. Also, as Ayton noted, those who are not in Arizona will also be able to contribute.
Fellow Bahamas import, Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, is running his own campaign as well. Hield along with the Kings organization collectively donated $105,000 to UNICEF to aid those impacted by the hurricane. Also, Hield started a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of raising $1 million, which is currently up to $144,000.
Suns fans, do your part and help out The Bahamas in this urgent time of need. If you want to support, be on the lookout for more information. And those in the Phoenix area should participate on Tuesday as well.