Blue Jays Prospect Returns Home to Freeport, Raises Thousands for Hurricane Dorian Relief

by shannonw
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    It’s 8:17 a.m. on Sept. 10, 2019; eight days after Hurricane Dorian devastated Grand Bahama Island.

    Blue Jays prospect Chavez Young is about to board the 3.5 hour ferry from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Bahama to visit Freeport, his hometown.

    Speaking to Young by phone Tuesday morning, he tells us he is making the trip home to see several family members, including two brothers, Clayton (28) and Corey (27), directly impacted by the powerful Category 5 Hurricane—the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Bahamas.

    “I know The Salvation Army is about getting right to business. I trust them.”

    As of this morning, the 22-year-old outfielder has raised over $11,000 for The Salvation Army World Service to help with relief efforts in Grand Bahama.

    “A lot of people look up to me. I want to use my platform to help my people back home.”

    Young grew up playing baseball in the Bahamas. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 39th round of the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft from Faith Baptist Christian Academy (Ludowici, GA).

    Young says it was a no brainer when choosing which organization to support.

    “I know The Salvation Army is about getting right to business. I trust them.”

    When Young arrives in Freeport, his brothers will be waiting for him at the harbour and they are going “straight home to see the house and start working on it.”

    “There’s a reason The Salvation Army has been around a long time. Not just when disaster strikes, but poverty, homelessness…it’s not rocket science, it’s obvious The Salvation Army is one of the best organizations out there.”

    Young’s goal is to raise $20,000.

    To donate directly to The Salvation Army Emergency Response call 1-800-SAL-ARMY

    As one of the world’s major emergency relief organizations, The Salvation Army offers;

    • Food & Hydration
    • Emotional & Spiritual Care
    • Donations Management
    • Disaster Social Services
    • Long-Term Recovery
    • Training & Volunteers
    By Shannon Wise
    shannon_wise@can.salvationarmy.org

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Photos submitted by C. Young