This week, more than 100 Disney Cruise Line employees gathered in the lobby of our Celebration, Florida, offices to pack personal hygiene kits for delivery to hurricane evacuees from Grand Bahama and Abaco. "Giving money is critical, but participating in something like this is equally important and so helpful,” said one colleague, as she stuffed soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and socks into plastic baggies. These items won't singlehandedly solve the Bahamian crisis, but they will absolutely make life more comfortable for the thousands who have been displaced from their homes and moved to shelters in Nassau.
In total, and with the support of the nonprofit Clean the World, we packed 1,500 kits, each containing a handwritten note to the recipient. One of our ships, the Disney Dream, is delivering the kits as we speak. And in some makeshift shelter in Nassau, someone else will now take a little better care of themselves and feel just a little better about an otherwise dire situation.
Our hearts hurt for everyone whose lives were upended by Hurricane Dorian – and we stand by them as their communities rebuild and recover.