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In Wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York Yankees Help Out

November 3rd, 2012 at 1:00 PM
By Rebecca Pierce

While New York City is in peril after enduring the "Frankenstorm", Hurricane Sandy, many are trying to help out. But not as many have as much influence and power as the New York Yankees, a superpower in sports. Even though baseball season has been over for the Yankees and their schedule wasn't affected by the storm, the Yankees decided to contribute to the relief for their fellow New Yorkers by donating $500,000 to relief as well as co-sponsoring a blood drive. Who said New Yorkers aren't nice?

'Red Sox vs. Yankees before Affiliate Summit East 2009' photo (c) 2009, Shawn Collins - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The team announced on Wednesday that they would donate the half million to the American Red Cross to help out with relief for the chaos that Hurricane Sandy caused. After the storm hit Monday evening, millions lost power as the streets were flooded by rain and plagued by high winds, causing destruction throughout the city. The Bronx, the burrough where the Yankees play their home games suffered power outages and damages from trees topping over.

The team also co-sponsored a blood drive at Gotham Hall, offering participants free tickets to Yankee Stadium. Rob Purvis, vice president of the New York Blood Center, said that nearly 6,000 units of blood had been lost in potential collections over the last week due to cancelations from the storm. Not many can resist the opportunity to help out when Yankees ticket vouchers are on the line. Without the Yankees' help, Purvis noted that they most likely would have needed to work for a month or more to make up for the lost blood donations.

While the post-season activities keep moving throughout the chaos, the team showed true patriotism to their hometown, which won't go unnoticed for New Yorkers and fans everywhere.

If you would like to help with the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10!

Tags: American Red Cross, Baseball, blood drive, Hurricane Sandy, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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