Eugene Emeralds using their spare time to help the community

With no baseball being played in Eugene, the Emeralds are helping give back to their fans who have been impacted by the fires.

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 4:20 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2020 7:06 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Some of you may be Eugene Emeralds supporters who go to PK Park to cheer on the team.

During this time of devastation and heartbreak, it's the Emeralds who are giving support to their fans.

"We've done a lot of things over the years and the community stepped up enormously," Allan Benavides said.

Working alongside The Hope Project and Kendall Auto Group, the Emeralds are supplying food, clothes, toys, toiletries and more to help any individuals who have been displaced by the wild fires. 

Benavides, the general manager of the baseball club, says it's been a really weird year with no baseball. Team staff and ownership are looking ahead to next season, but that's not their main priority considering what their community is going through.

"Right now we have time to help and that's what we're focused on," he said. "This has been something that's been really fulfilling."

The Emeralds also released limited edition McKenzie River Strong t-shirts. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Hope Project, which is committed to providing long term support for families and firefighters impacted. Shirts can be purchased directly through the team store on the Emerald's website.

If people are looking to donate or get involved, you can donate monetary funds directly to The Hope Project or check out the "McKenzie River Strong - A Coordinated Fire Relief Effort" group on Facebook. 

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