Commissioner Rob Manfred and Dodgers legends Orel Hershiser, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey and Nomar Garciaparra joined kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles and others on Wednesday morning to pack supply and Andrew Toles Youth Jersey comfort kits for victims of the Northern California wildfires -- part of Major League Baseball's broad involvement during this World Series to assist in the aftermath of so many recent natural disasters.
"I think this is one example of how our clubs and Major League Baseball are embedded in part of the communities in which they function," Manfred said. "It's a great chance to give back to people who are suffering really tragic losses as a result of a natural disaster.
"We have a great, Austin Barnes Youth Jersey deep relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as our official charity. The great thing about an event like this is that it teaches kids that ethic of giving back to their communities. ... I hope that they see role models like Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra doing something for their community and they take away the lesson that no matter what you do in life, it's important to give something back."
The Northern California wildfires began burning Oct. 8-9, spreading across Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino and Butte Counties after powerful wind gusts. They burned about 245,000 acres and destroyed 8,400 structures. The 15 wildfires decimated neighborhoods, schools and businesses, leaving many families in limbo.
The supply kits that were packed at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles Challenger Clubhouse before Game 2 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV will be distributed by Rebuilding Together Babe Herman Youth Jersey (Petaluma) to those in need, while comfort kits will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Santa Rosa & Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County.
On Thursday, MLB and the Astros will be helping Hurricane Harvey flood victims with a similar community event there, part of an important theme.
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars & Alumni were part of the volunteer event in Los Angeles. Dignitaries also included Tom Brasuell, MLB's vice president of community affairs; Frank Sanchez, BGCA national Brandon Beachy Youth Jersey vice president of sports, entertainment and alumni development; Calvin Lyons, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles; and Carlos Polanco, the 2017-18 BGCA National Youth of the Year.
All those who packed kits, including Manfred and the MLB contingent, signed a placard that will accompany the gifts. It read:
"On behalf of Major League Baseball, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars, the Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, we offer you our deepest sympathies on the wildfires which have recently affected your community. We've provided a few packages to give you comfort during these difficult times. As far as we may seem, we are here thinking of you and sending our prayers."