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Mets respond to Hurricane Irma

When the barometer dipped low and brought Hurricane Irma and her wrath through the Treasure Coast, the philanthropic barometers of distant and local organizations reached new heights.

 A Hurricane Relief Drive at Citi Field last month was a collaboration of the New York Mets, their fans, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and resulted in the collection of diapers, paper goods, toiletries, cleaning supplies, food and more to help affected communities in Texas and Florida.

“Mets fans and all New Yorkers want to help the Hurricane victims in Texas and Florida just like the rest of the country helped us pull through Superstorm Sandy,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said.

Thanks to Paul Taglieri, Executive Director of Minor League Facilities, who recognized the local need, a large truckload of supplies made its way to First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets.

The truck was greeted by grateful staff and volunteers from United Against Poverty, Mustard Seed Ministries, Sarah’s Kitchen and In the Image of Christ Church of Fort Pierce—all United Way funded, local agencies.

“This is a true community collaboration,” said Stefanie Myers, Executive Director of United Against Poverty.  “The Mets responded to the need in the community, and we all are partners who can get the items delivered out locally.”

Mustard Seed Ministries’ Executive Director Stacy Malinowski thanked the Mets organization during the transfer of supplies.  “You made a big difference today!”

Through teamwork, these partners hit the ball right out of the park.