St. Louis Cardinals: Hurricane Maria relief for Puerto Rico update

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 22: Yadier Molina
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 22: Yadier Molina /

Yadier Molina and his family are in the middle of a fundraiser to send supplies to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria left the island in destruction. Some St. Louis Cardinals players have also pitched in.

It’s been almost a week since Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island of Puerto Rico. Since the hurricanes departure from the island, pictures of total devastation have slowly trickled through on the internet and social media. Yadier Molina, the St. Louis Cardinals‘ lone player from Puerto Rico, has stepped up in a big way.

In response to Hurricane Maria, Yadier Molina and his family immediately set up a fundraiser for donations to send supplies to the island. His goal is to raise $1 million dollars for the people of Puerto Rico. I am proud to say, so far, the Molina family has been able to raise $104,590. While there is a long way to go, I want to say thank you to everyone who has donated. Whether it’s a lot or a little, it means the world to Puerto Rico.

I especially want to recognize other St. Louis Cardinals’ players for their contributions. Thank you to Paul DeJong, Tommy Pham, Tyler Lyons, Matt Bowman, Stephen Piscotty, former Cardinal Daniel Descalso, Derek and Claudia Liliquist, Jose Oquendo, and Kolten Wong and his wife, Alissa. If there are any other Cardinal players that have donated, that I did not mention, thank you as well. Their contributions will help make Puerto Rico better for the future.

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If you personally have donated to this great cause, I also want to say thank you. Because of your generosity, Puerto Rico will be a better place.

As a result of Yadier Molina’s fundraiser, I, too, committed to making a donation to this cause. I wrote about my efforts a day after the storm hit.

My wife and I pledged to make a donation to Yadier Molina’s campaign at the end of the season.

Starting last Thursday, we decided to give $1 for every single, $2 for every double, $3 for every triple, and $4 for every home run the St. Louis Cardinals hit for the rest of the season. It doesn’t matter if the St. Louis Cardinals win or lose through the rest of the games either.

Every hit means another donation gladly given by us to the people of Puerto Rico.

The best part? My friends and fellow contributors have also answered my call for help in this endeavor. I am proud to say fellow editor, Dr. Michael Miles and his family, has decided to match whatever I raise through this system. Personal friends, Robert and Janine Diak, and Vinciane Ngomsi, have also decided to match whatever I raise in the next couple of days. Lastly, our Twitter pal @CrashSTL has also decided to make a contribution to the cause as well.

It’s moments like these that remind me how truly blessed I am to have people who care about me and the things I care about as well. Without their help, none of this would be possible. Having said that, as of last night’s game, the St. Louis Cardinals have helped me raise a total of $75 so far. With the contributions of my friends though, we are up to a GRAND TOTAL OF $300!

There are just six games remaining so hopefully the Cardinals can give me more reason to celebrate! If you are interested in donating, please check out the link below or click here.

"Compartan en sus redes.Hi everyone, please click here to support my GoFundMe campaign, #Pray4PR#TeamMolina4PR:— Bengie Molina (@BengieMolina1) September 21, 2017Compartan en sus redes.Hi everyone, please click here to support my GoFundMe campaign, #Pray4PR#TeamMolina4PR:— Bengie Molina (@BengieMolina1) September 21, 2017"

The last thing I want to say is we all have some responsibility to help each other out. It’s times like these where we are the best humanity has to offer. The only thing I ask is that you consider donating to this great cause. The people of Puerto Rico need our help, and I cannot sit around and do nothing. I hope you will join me in this mission. We can do it!

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Thank you again for donating, and go Cards!