Crane sends plane for PR humanitarian effort

Astros' owner flies roughly 85 people, including cancer patients, Beltran family, to Houston

October 4th, 2017

HOUSTON -- was set to be reunited with several members of his family on Tuesday night, including his mother and father, and his brother and sisters, after they and dozens of others were flown to Houston from Puerto Rico on Monday on a plane provided by Astros owner Jim Crane.

Beltran said Crane chartered a plane to fly about 85 people, including 10-15 cancer patients that needed to continue their treatments, to Houston from the island. Dodgers outfielder , who came up with the Astros, tweeted his family was able to get out of Puerto Rico on the plane. Houston will face the Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan on Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

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"It's been unbelievable, honestly," Beltran said. "I think the fact he has been able to get involved with us, with the situation that is happening in Puerto Rico, it's been amazing. He didn't really hesitate or anything when I told him what I wanted to do, and the same with , also.

"[Mr. Crane] has been helpful to contact the people that we need to contact in order to send the supplies to Puerto Rico, and also he has been able to put some of his money on the planes that we have shipped to Puerto Rico. The fact he's doing this for my country, I really can't thank him enough."

Last week, the Astros Foundation, in partnership with Crane Worldwide, FedEx and the Houston mayor's office, facilitated the transport of over 240,000 pounds of supplies, equivalent to approximately six truckloads of air cargo, to provide aid in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

In addition to his parents and siblings, Beltran said his nephew was also able to fly to Houston on Monday on the plane provided by Crane, who made his money in shipping and logistics. Beltran flew to New York from Boston on Sunday to meet his wife and children, who followed him to Houston on Tuesday.

"We were able to get them out at least for a week until things calm down in Puerto Rico," Beltran said. ... "[What Jim did] was amazing. The guy's been incredible. I told him maybe when I retire, I could work with his company in logistics."

Correa, who also hails from Puerto Rico, said his family chose to stay on the island despite his pleas to join him in Houston.

"I tried to talk them out of it 10 times, but my grandma told me, 'I got more grandsons I've got to take care of. I've got a lot of family here I've got to support and we're going to be together, so I'd feel bad going to Houston and leaving them alone,'" Correa said. "I can't force her to come over here, but I really wanted them to come over."

Correa said he has supplies ready to send to Puerto Rico, and he has been talking with Crane about getting them shipped.

"It means everything," Correa said. "I was born and raised there, and a lot of people have helped me to get to where I am today. I just want to give back to everybody that's helped me and everybody that's in need."