The New York Yankees will donate $500,000 to the American Red Cross to support local relief in the aftermath of the biggest tropical storm in Atlantic Ocean history.
Yankees co-owner Hal Steinbrenner said today in a statement that the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy, which caused flooding and blackouts in the metropolitan area, was daunting.
“But we have seen the great resiliency of this region before,” Steinbrenner said. “As a neighbor and community member, the Yankees embrace our role of stepping forward and assisting the American Red Cross, which comes to the aid of so many people through their tireless efforts.”
One of the Red Cross’s missions is to make sure “all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope,” according to its website. Nearly 11,000 people in the U.S. spent the night of Oct. 29 in 258 Red Cross shelters in 16 states following the storm, the organization said.
“On behalf of the people who will be helped because of this donation, we thank the New York Yankees,” Josh Lockwood, chief executive of the American Red Cross Greater New York Region, said today in an e-mailed statement. “We truly appreciate the generosity they have shown, not only for the crisis caused by Hurricane Sandy, but for disasters that take place on a daily basis in New York City.”
Hurricane Sandy, at 900 miles (1,448 kilometers) wide the biggest tropical storm in Atlantic Ocean history, produced life-threatening surges in a region with 60 million residents and caused what may add up to billions of dollars of damage. At least 59 people have died in the U.S. as a result of the storm after at least 69 perished in the Caribbean, according to the Associated Press.