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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has announced that they’ve met their goal of raising $2.5 million for the Hope Starts Here hurricane relief program. In less than four months, the program received over $1.25 million in donations from the company’s team members, guests, and travel and business partners. Norwegian then matched that amount to assist All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response, a non-profit organization focused on natural disaster relief.
The Hope Starts Here hurricane relief program launched in late September 2017 when the company partnered with All Hands and Hearts to help provide immediate relief in Key West and reconstruct schools and critical infrastructure in Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Tortola.
“We are so thankful for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ incredibly generous donation and their commitment to helping those in need,” said Petra Nemcova, Co-Founder of All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response. “Through their support, our teams were immediately able to respond to the Florida Keys following Hurricane Irma, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands after the destruction of Hurricane Maria, and have now entered Puerto Rico to continue relief efforts to ensure that no community is forgotten. This partnership is bringing much needed hope and tangible change to many families.”
Photos: All Hands and Hearts