In 2020 and 2021 the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic shut down the world. But even though we couldn't have camp, Basketball Smiles shipped thousands of COVID relief supplies to disperse to Bahamian children in the impoverished neighborhoods we serve.
In September 2020, generous donations by Basketball Smiles supporters allowed us to send desperately needed supplies. Our second shipment went out in April 2022; in all we sent over 1,700 pounds of Clorox, wipes, face masks, hand sanitizer, vitamins and personal care products.
It’s hard for most of us to understand how difficult the lives of our boys and girls are and what a difference Basketball Smiles makes. On top of their usual challenges — no running water or electricity in some of their homes, for example — some of them lost everything except what they had on when they were evacuated to the main island because of Hurricane Dorian. The islands had not recovered from the hurricane's devastation when COVID-19 hit.
The healthcare system in The Bahamas was overwhelmed, as it was in many places, and with an economy dependent on tourism that was non-existent, the population suffered for the basic essentials for life. Among those most deeply affected by the pandemic were the boys and girls we serve through Basketball Smiles.
Thank you to all who partner with us and share the vision of Basketball Smiles outreach initiatives to benefit these boys and girls. Every dollar, every person, every prayer makes a difference.