Clemente Museum holding open house to help Puerto Rico

Clemente Museum holding open house to help Puerto Rico

The Clemente Museum is hosting an open house Sunday to support relief efforts for Puerto Rico.

The Lawrenceville museum, established in 2007 to honor the Pirates’ iconic Hall of Fame outfielder, will collect supplies such as batteries, bottled water, diapers, first aid supplies and more.

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"Roberto Clemente gave his life to support others. Pittsburgh owes it to Roberto and his family to do all we can to help the people of Puerto Rico," Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said in a statement.

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More than 3 million people on the Caribbean island are struggling with a lack of food, water and electricity after Hurricane Maria devastated the nation on Sept. 18.

Clemente was killed on Dec. 31, 1972, when a plane full of supplies for earthquake victims in Nicaragua crashed with Clemente and four others aboard just off the coast of Puerto Rico, his native country. Just 38 years old at the time of his death, Clemente was renowned for his charitable efforts.

The museum will be joined by UPMC and Restaurant Depot in collecting the supplies in the museum’s parking lot at 100 35th St. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The museum also will be taking monetary donations for relief efforts. Those who cannot attend can donate on the museum's website.