New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia and his wife Amber have acknowledged their love of the metropolitan area making Alpine, New Jersey their home year round. Now they have stepped up like so many others helping their fellow New Jerseyans get through one of the worst disasters in state history.
Sabathia's PitCCh In Foundation had a couple of fundraisers part of the CC Challenge scheduled for the past week, but CC and his wife Amber (co-founder and executive director) decided to concentrate their efforts on the rebuilding of the local communities hit hard by Sandy.
"Today was supposed to be our fundraiser, a great event, and we squashed it," Amber Sabathia said before a crowd of volunteers and members of the Boys and Girls Club as reported by MLB.com. "There are more important things that need to be done."
On Saturday the Sabathias, including little CC, were at the Hoboken Boys and Girls Club painting and helping in the restoration of some much needed relief for the children of Hoboken. Over the past 10 days volunteers and workers spent cleaning up the club which was flooded and inundated with water, oil and sludge from Hurricane Sandy.
"I grew up in the Boys and Girls Club," said Sabathia, who is a member of the organization's Hall of Fame. "When I heard about this, I knew we wanted to come out."
From second grade till high school Sabathia spent most of his non-school time at the boys and girls club in Vallejo, California. Sabathia hasn't forgotten what the club did for his life and opened so many doors for him and so many kids over the years. The presence of CC was a real morale boost where he offered photo ops and autographs once the painting was done. Hoboken was severely flooded with storm surge of over 15 ft which ran through the city streets and path stations paralyzing the city for almost two weeks.
The PitCCh In Foundation went to the HOPES Community Action Partnership in Hoboken to distribute baby wipes, formula, diapers, non-perishable food items, clothes including jackets, hats and gloves. Anyone who came to collect some supplies was given a pre-paid $50 MasterCard gift card for their personal use.
Sabathia said they are doing all they can to get people back on their feet through this disaster.
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