In times of need, or shall we say calamities, who else would extend much help to Americans but their fellow Americans themselves?
One great example of that is Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.
To help those affected by Hurricane Harvey which lashed Texas recently, Trout donated $27,000.
And now he has called on his colleagues in the sport to likewise extend their assistance or contribute whatever they can.
Trout announced his way of helping on Twitter by way of donating the money to the American Red Cross.
Harvey has made landfall in the state of Louisiana as of this writing.
As Trout explained in his letter, the $27,000 figure is a play on his jersey number.
His pronouncement included his call for his “teammates, fellow MLB players” and the public to help out.
Trout ended the note with “even $5 of $10 helps.’’
His move has spurred others to pledge money toward helping Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter grew up in Texas so his sympathy is with those who were affected.
Carpenter pledged $10,000 for each home run that he will hit for the rest of the season.
His teammate, starting pitcher Adam Wainwright said he will match that donation.
Meanwhile, the Houston Astros have donated $4 million.
Trout’s call for help mirrors that of Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt, who have so far raised over $1.5 million for hurricane victims. Harvey has made landfall in the state of Louisiana as of this writing.
Trout and the rest of those who extended help deserve a big pat on the back.
More than that, they should be emulated for their noble humanitarian gesture.