NEW YORK, NY -- Major League baseball players today announced that the Major League Baseball Players Trust has awarded a $40,000 grant to the nonprofit medical relief organization, Medicines for Humanity, to acquire and distribute life-saving medicines for victims of Tropical Storm Noel in the Santo Domingo and Barahona provinces of the Dominican Republic. Medicines for Humanity, with access to medicines at less than 5% of their U.S. average wholesale prices, used the Players Trust grant to purchase $680,000 worth of medicines to help over 30,000 Dominican people in need.
This past week, Dominican Republic native Miguel Batista of the Seattle Mariners, helped Medicines for Humanity distribute the medicines to the Fundacion Samaritana in Santo Domingo. [Note: Video and digital photos available to media upon request.] On February 9, Julio Lugo of the Boston Red Sox will help distribute medicines to the Pastoral Social Caritas operated by Obispos de la Diocesis de Barahona.
"I am extremely grateful for the help given by the Major League Baseball Players Trust to the Dominican people. As one of the hundreds of players who actively support the Players Trust, I am privileged to be able to demonstrate our commitment to helping all people, everywhere," stated Batista.
Since the Players Trust and Medicines for Humanity began working together in the Dominican Republic in 2002, the two nonprofits have provided more than 150,000 treatments of important vitamins and medicines to Dominicans in need. Because one out of every ten children in the Dominican Republic dies before their fifth birthday Major League baseball players are committed to making sure that every child has access to the medicines and vitamins needed to cure and prevent disease.
Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes affecting the needy and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities. In partnership with Volunteers of America, the national human service organization, the Players Trust created and helps administer the Action Team, a national youth volunteer initiative currently inspiring the next generation of volunteers in cities throughout the United States. For more information on the Major League Baseball Players Trust, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com.