SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today that the team has partnered with UNICEF USA to raise funds for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas. Fans and members of the community who wish to support these efforts can donate by clicking here.
UNICEF is an international organization known for protecting the rights of every child. From Puerto Rico to the Caribbean, they have been providing emergency support for those in need with water, shelter, hygiene kits and more.
"We are heartbroken over what has happened to our neighbors in the Bahamas and encourage our fans and members of the South Florida community to donate in support of these relief efforts," said Panthers President & CEO Matthew Caldwell. "This is a critical time and every donation makes a difference."
Hurricane Dorian made landfall over the northwest Bahamas on Sept. 1 as the strongest hurricane in Bahamas history. Storm surge and rainfall caused devastating flooding, destroying homes and killing at least seven people. A UNICEF team has been dispatched to rapidly assess humanitarian needs in the Bahamas, and to support an estimated 17,000 children and their families who have been impacted.
UNICEF stands ready to work alongside the Bahamas' National Emergency Management Agency, UN agencies and other partners to provide humanitarian aid to children and families, focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.