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Richmond Flying Squirrels, VCU organize weekend of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

The two will collect supplies for Harvey victims this weekend and will match donations to the American Red Cross, as well as hold a blood drive, silent auction, and more.

Trevor Dickerson

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels are teaming up with the American Red Cross in an effort to help raise funds and items for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Flying Squirrels Charities, a nonprofit, will be leading off the efforts with a $2,000 donation on behalf of fans. This donation, along with any cash donations received from fans at The Diamond to the American Red Cross Thursday-Sunday, will be matched by Minor League Baseball Charities, up to $10,000, team officials said.

Additionally, on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM, The Diamond will serve as a donation collection site for supplies needed for Harvey victims. VCU Head Basketball Coach Mike Rhoades, a former Houston resident, is spearheading the relief efforts. Rhoades and his family will be on hand to assist in taking donations at The Diamond and VCU basketball players and Flying Squirrels players will be on hand.

The Red Cross will be at The Diamond from Thursday through Sunday and will be accepting cash donations. Fans can also donate to the American Red Cross through a coded link to receive a matching contribution from MiLB Charities. The Flying Squirrels will also donate the proceeds from raffles during Saturday’s game to the relief effort. A silent auction is also planned.

“Obviously, our hearts go out to all involved in Texas,” said Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell. “We have several players and front office staff who we care deeply about, who have families and friends deeply affected by this and we always want to do what s right and lead here in Richmond, so we were happy to be involved in this with our partners at VCU and Hilldrup Moving and Storage.”

“I know RVA will once again come through for those that need our help,” said VCU Head Basketball Coach Mike Rhoades. “We need you to contribute and assist all those in the Houston-area who were decimated by this terrible storm. This initiative will directly make it better for those that need it. My family, our team and our VCU community will be actively involved at The Diamond.”

Virginia Blood Services will also be at The Diamond on Saturday for those who wish to give blood–a much needed commodity in the wake of the disaster.

Volunteers will accept the following items for donation (all must be new and in original packaging):

  • Diapers
  • Baby Formula
  • Blankets
  • Toiletries
  • Towels / paper towels
  • Non-Perishable Food Items
  • Work Gloves / latex & non-latex gloves
  • Protective footwear / boots
  • Mops / brooms
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Extension cords

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.