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01/26/10 12:27 PM EST
Arroyo dons reliever duties for Haiti
Reds right-hander donates food product to devasted nation
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo constantly travels during his offseason and is always on the move. When the massive earthquake devastated Haiti two weeks ago, he didn't immediately realize the extent of the disaster. A couple of days later, Arroyo finally saw the images of the aftermath on television news and was moved to action. Recently, he donated three pallets of a milk protein product, from a company called OneSource, to Haiti. It provided 10,000 containers to the country. "It's a food product, flavored milk with protein in it. I've used it for the last three years," Arroyo said while driving home in Florida. "It's perfect for that situation. It's whole milk that comes in a disposable container and can last up to a year even when it's hot. Third world countries don't have enough milk as it is. I thought it was better than just sending money." Arroyo coordinated the donation with a Florida-based charity, "For Haiti, With Love." He estimated that the value of the drinks was worth close to $10,000. "It should have been sent already," Arroyo said. "I've been told everything was in order and being shipped." Each eight-ounce container of the product contains 14 grams of protein. "For the longest time, I thought about how this product could be used," Arroyo said. "I thought it'd be perfect in case of a disaster like a hurricane. In Haiti, the kids don't get enough products like that even when times are good. It was an easy decision." Back in Cincinnati on Tuesday, the Reds partnered with the two other local professional sports teams -- the NFL's Bengals and ECHL's Cyclones -- and WLW radio to help get humanitarian aid to Haiti for Matthew 25 Ministries. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET at Matthew 25 Ministries on Kenwood Rd. in Blue Ash, Ohio. Members of the Reds front office and former players Lee May and Tom Browning were among those that participated on Tuesday morning. Radio listeners and fans were encouraged to volunteer or donate items like cash, non-perishable food and water, cleaning products, clothing and first-aid supplies.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.