The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that the team and its charitable foundation Cardinals Care will make donations to the American Red Cross to assist them with their efforts to help the families devastated by last night’s tornadoes in the St. Louis area.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends and neighbors tonight,” said Bill DeWitt III, the president of the Cardinals. “We want to do our part to immediately help these families begin the process of rebuilding their lives.”
The team has pledged $30,000 to the American Red Cross, with $20,000 coming directly from the Cardinals and $10,000 from the team’s charitable foundation Cardinals Care. The team will make a formal check presentation to representatives of the American Red Cross prior to tomorrow night’s game.
“Our hearts go out to each of these families and particularly the children,” said Michael Hall, vice president of Cardinals Care and community relations.
Cardinals Care is dedicated to caring for kids. Since it was founded in 1997, it has distributed more than $17 million to area non-profit youth organizations, built 19 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods and currently serves over 4,000 kids as part of the Redbird Rookies program.
Fans are encouraged to assist with the relief efforts and can learn more about helping the American Red Cross at www.redcrossstl.org or calling 314-516-2800.