17 November 2007


From the "Things that you don't see in the newspaper" department:

The New York Yankees announced today they have donated a total of $60,000 to the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua to aid in both countries' hurricane relief effort.

Yankees players Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera and Edwar Ramirez, along with coaches Rob Thomson and Tony Pena, presented the Yankees' donation of $25,000 on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Hogar Santo Domingo Savio, Dominican Republic, which was struck by Tropical Storm Noel in late October.

The donation will benefit Food for the Poor, a non-profit organization that ministers to spiritually renew impoverished people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and improve the health, economic, social and spiritual conditions of the men, women and children they serve.

Following the donation, Yankees Minor League manager Jody Reed, several Yankees Minor Leaguers and Yankees Latin America scouts held a baseball clinic for 240 local orphans.
In addition, Ramirez, along with Yankees Latin prospects and staff, will help distribute an additional $10,000 donation in food and supplies on Sunday, Nov. 18, to help rebuild a local school ravaged by the storm in Ramirez's hometown of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic.

A $25,000 donation was also made by the Yankees to the Asociacion San Francisco de Asis in Nicaragua to assist victims of Hurricane Felix, a category 5 storm that devastated the country in early September. SFA is a non-profit organization based in Nicaragua that provides opportunities for the poor by facilitating year-round basic human needs such as nutrition, education, health care, psychological counseling, housing and vocational training.

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