ALBANY — The Yankees aren’t the only thing Houston Astros’ slugger Carlos Beltran is taking on these days.
Beltran’s Carlos Beltran Foundation is working with state officials and Major League Baseball to distribute more than 160,000 pounds of supplies donated by New Yorkers for storm ravaged Puerto Rico, Gov. Cuomo announced Friday.
“Puerto Rico needs our help now more than ever and we are proud to partner with Gov. Cuomo and the State of New York to provide critical supplies and assistance the island as they recover from Hurricane Maria,” Beltran, a Puerto Rico native, said in a statement. “With this latest shipment, we give these individuals and their families hope and assurance that they are not alone as they embark on this journey to recovery.”
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The supplies, including bottles of water, diapers and baby food and wipes, were flown to Puerto Rico Thursday aboard an MD-11 Cargo plane chartered by Major League Baseball. Beltran’s foundation is distributing the goods around the island.
State Homeland Security Commissioner Roger Parrino has also been deployed to Puerto Rico to coordinate distribution of relief supplies.
Cuomo also announced that 50 State Police members are headed to Puerto Rico aboard donated Delta flights to replace 53 troopers who were deployed to the island two weeks ago.
“I want our brothers and sisters still recovering from Hurricane Maria to know that under no circumstances will New York abandon them,” Cuomo said. “We are in this for the long haul and will continue to not only send supplies, but do whatever else we can to support them as they embark on this long and difficult recovery process.”
Prior to the latest shipment, New York had already sent 433,000 bottles of water, 19,000 canned goods, 59,000 packages of baby wipes, 89,000 packages of diapers, 40,000 containers of baby food, 15,000 juice pouches, 8,600 solar lamps, 6,300 pounds of dry food and 10 generators to the island.
National Guard troops and helicopters from New York have also been sent to Puerto Rico.
Beltran, a former New York Met and Yankee, has also donated $1 million toward Hurricane Relief.