$200,000 raised by Boston Red Sox for Dominican flood relief

What started as a request by Red Sox DH/first baseman David Ortiz to his teammates to put money in a shoebox in the clubhouse to be put towards relief efforts for the recent disastrous floods in the western Dominican Republic, turned into a much larger campaign to raise funds to send to the DR.  Red Sox owner John Henry himself chipped in $100,000 to go along with the $31,000 given by Red Sox fans between May 31 and June 14.  This latter figure was also matched by both the Red Sox Foundation and the Red Sox players, and corporate donations put the total over $200,000, along with 1,000 pairs of shorts and 1,200 t-shirts.

At the beginning of the disaster in late May, there were numerous stories out of the DR of problems in the distribution of aid, and chaos in the humanitarian relief efforts.  Hopefully this magnanimous effort by the fans, players, team and companies in Boston will be put to good use.

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