DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has donated $250,000 to several Detroit organizations serving children amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Tigers.com reported on the donation that Miggy and his wife, Rosangel, made.
It came after the Cabreras talked about what they could do and how best to help.
"We always feel like Detroit is a part of our family," Cabrera said to Tigers.com. "When a city has done so much for me and my family, when we have a chance to give back to the community, especially during this hard event, we try to do that. It's not just about playing baseball and making money. It's about being part of the community."
"We are in unprecedented times, and the needs are plenty in the city of Detroit. On behalf of Detroit PAL and our partners, I want to thank Rosangel and Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers Foundation," Detroit PAL CEO Robert Jamerson said, according to Tigers.com. "Many remember plays made on the field, but there is nothing more important in life than investing in children. We are thankful for this donation to help Detroit youth find their greatness."
The family will donate $50,000 to the Detroit Public Schools Community District for its meal distribution efforts. $50,000 will go to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, and $140,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan, Detroit PAL and Brillian Detroit.
The other $10,000 of the donation will support a philanthropic collaboration organized by G1 Impact to hire Detroiters to manufacture 100,000 reusable, hospital-grade masks for children and families in Detroit. Forgotten Harvest, Life Remolded, Brilliant Detroit, and The Prayer Truck will distribute the 100,000 masks. The Cabrera family donation will aid in purchasing 2,000 masks and distributing them to residents in the Durfee/Central High School area.
"People are going through hard times right now, so if we can put up a little bit and help, it's going to be easier to start up the economy when parents can go back to work," Cabrera said.