President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas promised to match up to $1 million in donations to assist the Dorian relief efforts.

Papa Doug Manchester, who was nominated to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas by President Trump, has promised to match up to $1 million given to his charitable foundation to assist the Bahamas.

Manchester recently came back from the islands, where he “visited children at shelters and delivered 2,000 pounds of food, medical supplies, and goods from the United States to the Bahamian people,” according to a Wednesday press release.

Manchester’s statement also said that 100 percent the proceedings will go toward the Bahamas “most urgent needs” and that his Manchester Charitable Foundation “has already received personal donations from $5 to $100,000 throughout the United States.”

“I want to personally thank the United States of America and the Trump administration for being so responsive and proactive in aiding the Bahamian people devastated by the storm,” said Manchester. “We are sending our thoughts and prayers to all of the families who have been affected. The Bahamians are strong and resilient, and we pledge to stand with them as they persevere through this catastrophe.”

“We cannot afford to let the Bahamas collapse. We must help them rebuild,” he added.

President Donald Trump thanked Manchester for the “incredible amount of time, money, and passion he has spent on helping to bring safety to the Bahamas” in a tweet earlier this month.

“Much work to be done by the Bahamian Government,” the president added. “We will help!”

Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, also thanked the United States for its assistance in the face of the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in his country.

“From day one, the United States was in our territory assisting us with all of our needs. Had it not been for the United States we would not have been advanced this far in the entire process,” he said on Sept. 7.

Earlier, the owner of Hornets and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan also pledged $1 million to organizations supporting Bahamian relief attempts of Hurricane Dorian.

Over 70,000 people were been left stranded and homeless, without food or water, after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the northern islands of the Bahamas.


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