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Carlos Beltran donates $1M for Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico

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Astros star Carlos Beltran has donated $1 million to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, but a number of other pro athletes have also stepped forward with aid in the wake of the storm. And both Major League Baseball and the MLBPA have donated $1 million for relief efforts in Puerto Rico and for last week's earthquake in Mexico.

The Category 4 hurricane caused catastrophic damage last week to the Caribbean island and U.S. territory. Thus far, more than a half-dozen deaths in Puerto Rico have been attributed to the storm, but power could be out for months in many parts of the island, and thousands are in shelters. Flooding is still a life-threatening concern.

Beltran, a native of Manati, Puerto Rico, started a hurricane relief fund Friday, Fundacion Carlos Beltran, on Crowdrise.com. He donated $1 million to start it off and it had already raised more than $29,000 in the first 18 hours.

"The devastation that Hurricane Maria has brought to Puerto Rico is unimaginable, leaving the island without power for the indefinite future," Beltran wrote on Crowdrise. "Many of us are still praying and waiting to hear from our loved ones to just know they are OK.

"We will be raising funds for the Fundacion Carlos Beltran so we can personally insure that all funds go where they will be needed the most to help when the water receeds."

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and former Yankees great Jorge Posada, both natives of the island, also have launched fundraising drives, as did Dodgers outfielder Enrique Hernandez.

"Words can't describe how devastated we feel by the destruction that Maria has caused to our people and our home of Puerto Rico," Hernandez wrote on YouCaring.com. "It could take months/years for the island to recover. Puerto Rico was left completely without power, most lost their homes and have no way of communicating due to loss of coverage.

"But, we are confident that we will come out of this stronger than ever! Like Puerto Rican's say "en la union está la fuerza" (in the union we find strength). Help us bring strength back to Puerto Rico by donating to this fundraiser."

Meanwhile, from the NBA, Mavericks guard J.J. Barea, a native of Mayagüez, P.R., launched a drive on YouCaring.com that had raised more than $121,000 as of Saturday morning. And Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, whose late father was born on the island, donated $50,000 for aid.



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