By Donna Callejon | Director of Disaster Recovery Network
Photo: Albaco Strong
This May, the Abaco Strong team received its first grant from the Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund. The grant supported community-led efforts to repair and rebuild safe homes in Treasure Cay. Executive Director Martha Fleury’s enthusiasm for her community’s recovery and GlobalGiving’s partnership inspired her to post an additional project, “Bring Youth Baseball back to Abaco,” on behalf of the grassroots Abaco Youth Baseball league.
The Youth Baseball project was well underway in 2019, but the devastating impacts of Hurricane Dorian interrupted their progress. Despite the obstacles, the spirits of the coaches and parents were not dampened—neither was the spirit of generosity of fans. Within six weeks, donors from around the world surpassed the $25,000 fundraising goal and donated baseball equipment through an Amazon Wish List!
“Having spent years as a visitor and part-time resident, I realize the devastating effects Dorian has had, and how sports can help bring a community together.”— Anonymous Donor
In the wake of disasters, communities turn to sports as an outlet of hope and togetherness. GlobalGiving is proud to support organizations like Abaco Strong who continue to make a meaningful impact in their communities.
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