Pirates Charities collect much-needed supplies for Puerto Rico hurricane victims

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PITTSBURGH - The Pirates put out the call and Pittsburgh answered. 

With the help of community partners, the team will be delivering water, clothing, generators and other supplies to the people of Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Maria.

"We have 344 pallets, nearly half a million pounds of supplies,” said Pirates Charities president Bob Nutting.


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All of it was donated in just 48 hours for hurricane relief efforts.

"This is just what Pirates charities and pirates were built to do, but particularly in this case to honor the legacy of Roberto Clemente, who was from Puerto Rico, this is his island,” Nutting said. “We've had a unique connection both with PR, the Dominican, Latin America."

The response from people and companies at PNC Park was so overwhelming that one plane from FedEx wasn't enough to get everything there.

"(Pirates third-base coach) Joey Cora and others came to us and said we're going to need another plane and we will arrange for that,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, of FedEx. “And we're making preparations now and the generosity keeps on coming in."

The supplies will head to Puerto Rico on Thursday, and so will some of the people involved with this effort, including Pirates utilityman Sean Rodriguez.

"That's all that I'm hoping for. That we can keep reaching a lot of people that are in dire need and we can let them know that there are people that do care about them," Rodriguez said.

Once the supplies are on the ground in Puerto Rico, the Pirates have partnered with agencies there to make sure they get in the hands of the people who need them most.


 

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