CANTON, Mass. – Hurricane Maria ravaged a number of Caribbean Islands, including the Dominican Republic – the home of Boston Celtics big man Al Horford.
“My immediate family is OK,” Horford told CSNNE.com during Boston’s Media Day on Monday. “But we look at everything in the big picture. We were very lucky in comparison to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, a lot of smaller islands.”
Hurricane Maria hit the Dominican Republic with heavy wind and rain but delivered a much more powerful punch to other islands.
Puerto Rico has been devastated by the storm which has knocked out most of the electricity on the island along with heavy flooding.
The U.S. Virgin Islands was hit hard as well.
While the Dominican Republic wasn’t hit quite as hard as some other islands, they too are going through what’s likely to be an extended recovery period.
“We do have a lot of flooding,” Horford said of the Dominican Republic. “There’s a lot of need.”
Horford intends to address that need in some capacity.
“Right now, we’re trying to figure out the best way to help down there,” he said. “We want to make sure whatever we do as far as money and help-wise, it’s going to the people in need.”