Yanks make large donation to tornado relief effort

The Yankees have joined the relief effort for victims of the vicious tornadoes that struck across the southeastern United States this week by donating $500,000 to two national organizations that are part of the recovery process and are already working in the affected areas. The Yankees have designated $250,000 to the Salvation Army and $250,000 to the Red Cross.

“On behalf of the entire New York Yankees organization, we would like to express our deepest condolences to all those affected by the devastating storms in Alabama and throughout the South,” Yankees general partner and vice chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal said. “During the most difficult of times, the resiliency of the American spirit brings people together. We are eager to join so many others in helping to rebuild those proud and vibrant Southern communities. In the days, weeks and months ahead, we will continue to keep everyone in our hearts and prayers.”

Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson grew up and still lives in the off-season in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where damage was extensive, but he was gratified to learn that his family was safe.

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