Padres Players and Volunteers Pack 60K Meals for Dominican Republic

San Diego Padres players, executives and about 250 volunteers rolled up their sleeves on Saturday to pack 60,000 meal kits for underserved areas of the Dominican Republic.

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About 250 volunteers were joined by the Padres Friar at Petco Park on Saturday to pack meal kits for poor families in the Dominican Republic.
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Padres minor league prospects Ruddy Girron (left) and Mitchell Miliano (right) helped. Both players are from the Dominican Republic, so the project hit close to their hearts.
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Volunteers teamed up with the nonprofit, Rise Against Hunger, to pack 60,000 meals.
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About 150 volunteers came from San Diego Rotary Club 33.
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Others came from the Padres Volunteer Team.
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San Diego Padres executive Tom Seidler said many of the team’s players grew up in poverty in the Dominican Republic.
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It took the volunteers about two hours to pack the 60,000 meal kits.
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The Padres played an away game out of town on Saturday, making the empty Petco Park a perfect place for the volunteer event.
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The meal kits for the Dominican Republic come at a good time, following the destruction left behind in the country by Hurricane Irma.
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