Victims receiving donations from across MLB

August 29th, 2017

Members of the Major League Baseball community continue to come together to provide relief for those suffering as a result of the devastating flooding in the Houston area caused by Hurricane Harvey, and MLB's brand-new crowdfunding partnership with YouCaring has emerged as a key strength in activating swift help from clubs, players and fans across the sport.

MLB and the MLB Players Association jointly made a $1 million donation to various relief efforts throughout Texas, including the American Red Cross. For those interested in contributing, the American Red Cross is accepting donations online at and by phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donations of $10 can also be made by texting HARVEY to 90999.

Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane, the Astros' ownership group and the Astros Foundation also pledged $4 million to aiding the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

"We are committed to doing our part to provide aid and assistance to the thousands of Houston-area residents that are desperately in need right now," Crane said in a statement. "We encourage others in our region and beyond to help out in any way that they can."

• Crane, Astros Foundation donate $4 million

MLB's new crowdfunding partnership with YouCaring is barely a month old, and already it has been a major factor in enabling clubs and their fan bases to mobilize resources and help major causes such as this. In addition to that $4 million donation, the Astros pointed people to to donate additional funds, and by Thursday afternoon, the total raised was more than $55,000 -- toward a $1 million goal.

MLB also encourages fans to visit and donate toward a $250,000 additional goal of relief aid.

"Crowdfunding provides the unique ability for people to come together in support of individuals, groups and causes they care about," said Melanie LeGrande, MLB's vice president of social responsibility. "Partnering with YouCaring gives us a great opportunity to engage our fans, clubs and players in a new way that gives back to our communities."

Nationals players and Matt Albers are from Texas, and they jointly organized a YouCaring page to raises funds for hurricane victims. It was approaching the $90,000 goal as of Thursday afternoon, from 663 donors. Money raised will go directly to the Houston Food Bank and other area shelters that are in need.

In Oakland, and his wife Milessa organized a Double up with the Lowries YouCaring page, challenging A's fans with a commitment to match up to $25,000 in hurricane relief. The total raised will go toward Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

The devastating storm has hit home for Indians outfielder , a native of Beaumont, Texas. Through Sept. 10, all donations made by Tribe fans to Cleveland Indians Charities will go to Bruce's efforts to aid those in need. Additionally, he and wife Hannah will match up to $100,000 in donations made to CIC through Sept. 10. More details are at

The Astros, whose home series against the Rangers this week was moved to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., are contributing to the relief efforts by committing the proceeds of their Share2Care 50/50 raffle for the remainder of the season to the American Red Cross. Houston's opponent this week, the Rangers, will do the same with proceeds from their Texas 2 Split 50/50 raffle for an upcoming series against the Angels beginning Friday. The Rangers also have announced a $1 million donation to help Hurricane Harvey victims.

From now through Wednesday, The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the Astros' Spring Training home in West Palm Beach, Fla., will be accepting donations for hurricane victims, and Crane Worldwide will provide transportation of the collected items to Houston. Preferred items are nonperishable food, bottled water, blankets, baby food and formula, diapers, toilet paper, animal crates and dried pet food.

The D-backs also teamed up with Fox Sports Arizona to donate the funds raised from their 50/50 Raffle in this week's series against the Dodgers to relief efforts. Fans in Arizona who can't make it to the game can still contribute by purchasing a raffle ticket online at The Cubs and Pirates are doing the same, just two more of many such examples.

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter, who was born in Galveston, Texas, and spent much of his childhood in the Houston area, pledged to donate $10,000 to relief efforts for every home run he hits for the remainder of the season.

• Carpenter commits to powerful pledge

Cardinals right-hander also pledged to match Carpenter's donation.

The Cardinals are using their page so that fans can join that well-publicized effort.

Twins players wanted to help, so they created As of Thursday afternoon, they were over halfway toward their $50,000 goal. The Padres joined with a similar effort at

Other examples among clubs are widespread, and many can be found by going to the club website and following the team's official social media accounts.