Pirates touch down in Puerto Rico with 450,000 pounds of supplies

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A plane with 450,000 pounds of emergency supplies from Pittsburgh landed in Puerto Rico on Thursday, and some Pirates players tagged along for the ride.

The flight number was 91-21 - in honor of Roberto Clemente, who wore number 21 and was born and raised in Puerto Rico.


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Tthe team was greeted by the Hall of Famer's son, Luis Clemente, and the governor. Pirates players Francisco Cervelli, Sean Rodriguez and Mike Gonzalez were all on hand, along with team president Frank Coonelly.

“Thank you very much, Pittsburgh, for helping us and the people of Puerto Rico are going to be very grateful for you guys,” Cervelli said. “Thank you very much."

The Pirates collected donations for hurricane relief at PNC Park this week for Puerto Rico, which is still struggling from the impact of Hurricane Maria. Bottled water, canned goods, baby items, cleaning supplies and hygiene products were all donated.

Pirates Charities also bought needed generators and additional batteries and food to be shared with those who still need help.


 

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