Joined by Hall of Famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and All-Stars Jose Altuve and Christian Yelich this past November in Dallas, Texas, the Major League Baseball Players Trust made a donation to Habitat for Humanity in addition to building frames for homes to help provide housing for Houston flood victims and raise funds and awareness for those suffering in the wake of natural disasters in California, the Caribbean, Florida, Mexico and Texas.
These Major Leaguers rolled up their sleeves to help displaced flood victims return home as they visited the Habitat for Humanity warehouse in Dallas to frame two houses for victims of the Houston floods caused by Hurricane Harvey. The structures were then trucked to their Houston locations where they were prepared for occupancy in spring 2018. While at the Dallas warehouse, the players and their families also assembled holiday gift packages for the 177 Houston Habitat for Humanity families who lost their homes to the flooding.
Many players have personal connections to the communities affected by the recent natural disasters, having either lived and/or played in these regions, and they are committed to providing ongoing support to the hardest hit areas. They are passionate about doing their part to help their neighbors return home to resume a life of normalcy.
Through their Players Trust, Major Leaguers take an active role in responding to world crises with both financial and in-person support. The players’ collective focus is to provide funds and awareness in these areas long after the initial contributions stop and the spotlight fades. Through past experiences, the players understand that the needs in these areas will far outlast the initial response and support.
The Players Trust has now provided nearly $5 million to help disaster affected communities in Cuba, Philippines, Japan, Haiti, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States by offering financial support to more than 20 nonprofits providing a variety of relief and recovery efforts that focus on immediate relief efforts, local collaboration, volunteerism and sustainability, while assisting and empowering people to rebuild their own communities.