Astros helping to send 240,000 pounds of supplies to hurricane-battered Puerto Rico

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Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Beltran has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for his native Puerto Rico.

The Astros Foundation is joining efforts to help aid victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Six truck loads of air cargo are scheduled to arrive to the storm-torn island beginning tomorrow with the help of the Astros, Crane Worldwide, FexEx and the Houston Mayor's Office.

More than 240,000 pounds of supplies, including water, clothing and diapers, will be distributed to help people in need, Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane said.

Astros outfielder Carlos Beltran, who is from Puerto Rico, said he is touched by the outpouring of support after the storm.

"I'm extremely overwhelmed with the generosity and commitment that Jim Crane and his foundation and organization have shown by helping me help Puerto Rico. I know these supplies will be very important to everyone recovering from Hurricane Maria, and I thank everyone with the Astros Foundation for their efforts," Beltran said.

The announcement comes days after Beltran announced he was launching a crowdfunding campaign to help Puerto Rico, with he and his wife making a $1 million donation.

Beltran is not the only Puerto Rican player on the Astros. He is joined by shortstop Carlos Correa, catcher Juan Centeno, bench coach Alex Cora and translator Alex Cintron.
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