New York Mets donate to the Daily News' disaster relief fun to help victims of Hurricane Sandy
Joins Modell's, Applebee's and City Harvest in effort to ease New York City's great pain after devastating storm
The New York Mets have joined several companies, including Modell’s Sporting Goods and Applebee’s Restaurants, which have donated to the Daily News' victims relief fund.
The New York Mets have joined the Daily News' disaster relief fund, lending major league support to assist the countless New Yorkers whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon told The News Sunday that the team is thrilled to join the fund, kicked off by the paper's $100,000 contribution Saturday.
"We're happy to help in any way we can," Wilpon said.
The Mets organization is already pitching in on the recovery effort by providing staging areas and base camps at Citi Field and the old Shea Stadium parking lots for Con Ed, FEMA, the New York National Guard, the city Office of Emergency Management, the Federal Incident Management Teams and mutual assistance electrical teams, as officials work to restore electricity, remove debris and provide emergency services to New Yorkers.
Cots are set up in the team's locker room and press box area and workers are being provided food by the team and its concession partner, ARAMARK.
The Citi Field area is not a distribution center but the Mets have also made the facilities at their minor league complex on Coney Island - MCU Park - available and FEMA has set up a distribution center for food, water and other supplies there.
According to Chris Miller, spokesman for the city Office of Emergency Management, the Mets immediately offered help for the recovery effort.
"They've been very good partners and continue to be good to the city in our recovery efforts," said Miller.
Other sponsors of the Daily News Hurricane Sandy Fund include Modell’s Sporting Goods, Applebee’s Restaurants and City Havest.