The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that Pirates Charities and Pirates players, coaches and staff are working with FedEx to collect and deliver needed relief supplies to Puerto Rico in the wake of the devastation following Hurricane Maria. Pirates Charities is being supported in this historic effort by many Pirates partners and community leaders.
The Pirates and its partners will host a Puerto Rico disaster relief supply drive on Monday, October 2 and Tuesday, October 3, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day in the cul-de-sac outside PNC Park on Mazeroski Way. Once collected, Pirates Charities and FedEx will charter a plane to deliver the needed supplies to the island.
Pirates Charities Chairman Bob Nutting, along with Pirates players, coaches and front office staff will fly to the island to distribute collected goods to those in need.
"As the home of Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rico has a special place in the hearts of our organization and all of Pittsburgh. We are proud to join with FedEx and other local organizations to help in the collective efforts of bringing needed relief and comfort to its people," said Nutting. "Bringing likeminded organizations and our fans together to make a tangible and lasting impact on those in need is what Pirates Charities is all about."
"At FedEx, we are committed to utilizing the power and reach of our global network to help the people of Puerto Rico," said Patrick Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing and Communications, FedEx. "We're pleased to support the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and Pirates Charities in this important mission."
On Monday and Tuesday of this week, the Pirates are asking fans to bring new and unopened non-perishable items to help assist the people of Puerto Rico, including:
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable food items
- Baby formula, diapers and wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Garbage bags
- Pet food
- Batteries of all sizes
Pirates players, coaches and alumni will be on hand at different times throughout the two days to accept the donations. All fans whom donate items will receive a Pirates Roberto Clemente jersey tee shirt.