Red Sox will send supplies to Puerto Rico to help victims of hurricane
Alex Cora negotiated a three-year contract when the Red Sox hired him in October. He also received assurances from ownership that they would send a relief flight to Puerto Rico to help the victims of Hurricane Maria.
That trip will be made on Tuesday when a JetBlue charter delivers part of what will be nearly 10 tons of supplies to San Juan and Cora’s hometown of Caguas.
Along with Cora, Boston’s mayor, Martin J. Walsh, will make the trip along with Sox president Sam Kennedy and assistant general manager Eddie Romero, a native of San Juan.
Red Sox players Chris Sale and Christian Vazquez, a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will join the group in San Juan.
The Sox are scheduled to deliver medical supplies and vaccines to a children’s hospital in San Juan. The team also is bringing water filtration systems, first aid kits, canned and dried food, batteries, flashlights, diapers, hygiene products and baseball equipment.
The trip also will include a meeting with high school players in Caguas.
Nearly half a million people remain without power on the island more than four months after the hurricane hit.
“It was important for me to able to do something,” Cora said last week. “When I was with the Astros, they did a lot at the time and I was grateful for that. Now we can help the people there some more.”