MLB charters cargo plane for PR relief aid – MLB.com

“He paid the ultimate sacrifice for his island,” Williams said. “He gave his life in an unforeseeable tragic event, trying to help other people in need, in Nicaragua. He basically paved the way for all of us to follow his example. Major League Baseball, the Carlos Beltran Foundation, which I guess I’m representing in a way, all the Puerto Rican baseball players who are playing now in MLB and the Minor Leagues, we are all doing everything we can to try to get some help down there and try to make sure that we get Puerto Rico back on their feet.”

Following the lead of the relief and recovery efforts by all clubs in response to recent natural disasters, MLB chartered a FedEx cargo plane filled with much-needed supplies for families affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Supplies included water, diapers and baby food, and the plane was scheduled to arrive later in the day at Aguadilla.

There, the goods were to be distributed unfettered to the northwest part of the island, through the joint efforts of Beltran’s foundation and U.S. Homeland Security. Ninety percent of the island remains without power, three weeks after the disaster. Some people are still starving.

The Yankees and the Hispanic Federation are supporting the initiative in conjunction with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort, which provided supplies donated by New Yorkers across the state. Dignitaries at the event also included Jorge Perez-Diaz, MLB’s senior vice president and special counsel, litigation and international affairs; Jose Calderon, president of the Hispanic Federation; and Melanie LeGrande, MLB’s vice president for social responsibility.

It was one of several examples of baseball assisting victims in Puerto Rico, especially MLB clubs — including the Astros, D-backs, Pirates and Rays

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