On Tuesday, January 30, the Boston Red Sox, led by Manager Alex Cora, conducted a relief trip to Puerto Rico bringing one of several JetBlue cargo freights to the island delivering nearly 10 tons of supplies to aid Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.
Joining Cora on the trip were Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy, Red Sox Assistant General Manager Eddie Romero, and City of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Meeting the group in Puerto Rico were Red Sox players Christian Vazquez, Chris Sale, Rusney Castillo, Ivan De Jesus, and Coach Ramón Vázquez.
In addition to delivering relief supplies to aid residents throughout the island, the group also made a trip to the city of Caguas, Cora's hometown located 16 miles south of San Juan. In Caguas, food, water, and other essentials were distributed to nearly 300 families, and Cora and the players spoke with and distributed baseball equipment to players from Caguas-area high schools.
Close to 10 tons of supplies were delivered to Puerto Rico on several JetBlue planes with items such as medical supplies and vaccines, water filtration systems, first aid kits, flashlights, diapers, and food.
This trip would not have been possible without the work of so many. A special thanks to:
- Alex Cora
- Red Sox Foundation
- Red Sox Players, Coaches, and Alumni
- The City of Boston and The Mayor's Office
- New Balance
- Boston Children's Hospital
- Franklin Sports
- The Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts
- Red Sox Nation