Tyler Perry Uses His Private Jet for Humanitarian Aid in the Bahamas

Hollywood mogul Tyler Perry is keeping his promise to help the Bahamas in the wake of the destruction left behind by Hurricane Dorian. The actor, director, and philanthropist sent his personal plane to bring aid to the areas hit hardest by the deadly storm.

Perry reportedly used his plane to deliver water, hygiene items, sleeping bags, and other desperately needed items to the Bahamas, TMZ reported the 49-year-old filmmaker’s private jet has made two trips to the Abaco Islands, which were devastated by the Category 5 storm.

According to TMZ, Perry’s jet returned from the Bahamas with several passengers, including small children and a pregnant woman who needed medical attention. Perry reportedly hopes to make several more flights to the hard-hit islands.

The aid trips are the result of a promise Perry made on his social media accounts on September 4.

“To all the incredible people of the Bahamas who have welcomed me and called me an adoptive son, I want you to know that I am watching closely, and as soon as I can, I will be there to do whatever I can to help you rebuild stronger and better,” Perry wrote on Instagram.

“You’re not only in my heart and my prayers, you’re in my blood. God bless you. Stay Bahamas strong. The sun will shine again.”

Perry is not the only celebrity to help and support the island nation. Rapper Ludacris and Sacramento Kings player Buddy Hield each donated at least $100,000 to the relief efforts. Meanwhile, Lenny Kravitz announced his plans to send boats with “basic needs, generators, chainsaws, flashlights, water, food, roofing materials, drop cloths” to the islands through his Let Love Rule Foundation, Essence reported.

Celebrity chef José Andrés and his organization World Central Kitchen went to work to provide food to Bahamians affected by Dorian. World Central Kitchen’s executive director Nate Mook told AccuWeather the organization set up kitchen operations to provide meals for residents.

Mook said that World Central Kitchen works with resources on the ground to avoid bringing food from the outside. The group has served thousands of meals in the Bahamas since setting up, a volunteer claimed.

A 6-year-old boy from South Carolina also made headlines after he donated the money he had saved up for a birthday trip to Disney World to help Hurricane Dorian evacuees. WJBF reported that Jermaine Bell opted not to go to the happiest place on Earth in favor of buying hundreds of hot dogs, chips, and water for those affected by the storm.

“The people that are traveling to go to places, I wanted them to have some food to eat, so they can enjoy the ride to the place that they’re going to stay at,” Jermaine told WJBF. The amazing little boy helped serve more than 100 evacuees in one day.

Thankfully, Jermaine’s good deed did not go unnoticed. On September 9, the kind-hearted 6-year-old was surprised with a free vacation and a visit from Mickey Mouse. Jermaine said that he knew that helping hundreds of evacuees was worth waiting to go to the theme park. “Be strong, and if you do good things, you will be rewarded,” he said, according to CNN.

Hurricane Dorian unleashed destruction and death across the Bahamas and left behind a growing humanitarian crisis. The United Nations reported some 70,000 Bahamians were left in need of food and shelter after the storm, CBS News reported.

Officials have stated the death toll has risen to 45, but the number could rise as rescue efforts continue. The Bahamian security forces continue to respond to reports of missing and trapped people.

Authorities have not released information about the victims, including their identities or information on where they died. Many on the Abacos islands fear that there will be more fatalities discovered in the illegally constructed shantytowns in Marsh Harbour.

Locals on the islands told reporters that the government’s response has been poor or non-existent.

Duane Sands, the Bahamas’ minister of health, told The Miami Herald that counting the bodies “is not the priority.” He said, “The priority is find those people for their loved ones who are missing them; to take care, provide comfort to those people who are hurt, who are suffering, that’s the priority. To put food in people’s bellies, water in their throat.”

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Nicole Rojas is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has published in various publications, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored Asia and Australia.