Ortiz donates to Haiti; urges others

January, 15, 2010
1/15/10
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David Ortiz plans to donate food and medical supplies to the Haitian earthquake relief effort, according to a statement released by the Red Sox.

"I am saddened for my Haitian neighbors who have suffered through this natural disaster. Millions have lost family members, their homes and the little they had," said Ortiz, a native of the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

"I encourage fans, not only from Boston but from all over the world, to donate to this cause, as I have, and help the victims of this terrible tragedy. We should come together to support those who have endured this devastation and remember to never take our lives and good health for granted."

Ortiz's charity golf tournament, held last month in the Dominican Republic, raised more than $225,000 for the David Ortiz Children's Fund, according to publicists for the event. The fund provides pediatric critical care to children in the Dominican Republic and in New England.

Red Sox fans interested in donating through the team charity can do so through the Red Sox Foundation at www.redsoxfoundation.org. Beginning at some point Friday night, donations can be made online via credit card, by text, or by mail via check/money order. Checks should be made out to "Red Sox Foundation/Haiti Relief " and sent to Red Sox Foundation, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215. Also, for the next 60 days, all text donations received by the Red Sox Foundation will automatically be dedicated to this cause. Instructions for text donations are available through the RSF website. The Sox said that 100 percent of the proceeds will promptly go to UNICEF's relief efforts now underway in Haiti. Fans who wish to donate to UNICEF directly can do so by visiting www.unicef.org.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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