RICHMOND, Va. -- Central Virginia filled more than three semi trailers full of supplies for the victims of Hurricane Harvey Saturday at The Diamond.
The Richmond Flying Squirrels, VCU, CBS 6 and Hilldrup Moving & Storage teamed up to raise money and collect donations.
The Red Cross was also at The Diamond from Thursday through Sunday accepting monetary donations. (Fans can also donate to the American Red Cross through the coded link provided here to receive a matching contribution from MILB Charities.)
The Flying Squirrels Charities made a $2,000 donation and will also donate proceeds from Saturday’s raffle and Launch-A-Ball to the relief effort. That donation, along with any cash donations received from fans at The Diamond to the Red Cross, will be matched up to $10,000 by Minor League Baseball Charities.
“Obviously, our hearts go out to all involved in Texas,” said Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell. “We have several players and front office staff who we care deeply about, who have families and friends deeply affected by this and we always want to do what s right and lead here in Richmond, so we were happy to be involved in this with our partners at VCU and Hilldrup Moving and Storage.”
VCU Head Basketball Coach Mike Rhoades, a former Houston-resident, is spearheading the relief efforts. Rhoades, VCU basketball and Flying Squirrels players will be taking donations at The Diamond on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
“I know RVA will once again come through for those that need our help,” said VCU Head Basketball Coach Mike Rhoades. “We need you to contribute and assist all those in the Houston-area who were decimated by this terrible storm. This initiative will directly make it better for those that need it. My family, our team and our VCU community will be actively involved at The Diamond."
Additionally, Virginia Blood Services was at The Diamond Saturday for folks who would like to donate blood.
Please only bring new items listed below:
- Baby Formula
- Towels / paper towels
- Non-Perishable Food Items
- Work Gloves / latex & non-latex gloves
- Protective footwear / boots
- Mops / brooms
- Plastic garbage bags
- Extension cords
Hilldrup Moving & Storage was on site at The Diamond to collect the items from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Items donated will be delivered to the Salvation Army in Houston.
Veterans' Cab is also volunteering to pick up donations from those who can't make it out to The Diamond and deliver them. Those looking to schedule a pickup are asked to either call them at 804-329-3333, message them on Twitter at @veterancab or go to their website at veteranscabrichmond.com.
The Diamond is located at 3001 N. Boulevard in Richmond (23230)