Houston Astros: Alex Bregman raises $1M in eight days for relief efforts

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman has raised $1 million in just eight days as he contributes to humanitarian efforts related to COVID-19. What’s up?

The Houston Astros‘ is on pause as the globe fights in what is a seriously dangerous pandemic.  Our sports will get back to where they were over time but the most important thing is that lives are saved and that our hospitals aren’t overloaded with ill patients seeking treatment from this malady.

So we’re all staying home to prevent that from happening to slow the spread while some of the smartest people in the world are going through their clinical trials to not only put together a vaccine but to offer treatment options — which both are what we’re void of now — in order to stamp this out for good.

Houston Astros‘ fans — it’s likely that we won’t see any of those options available to the public until likely later this year at the earliest but it does give us a glimmer of hope that somebody is feverishly working on a solution.

So until then, we must all remain socially distant to keep this sneaky coronavirus from inserting itself from one person to another.

We’ve seen how this challenge in our society has brought the best out of people with the various humanitarian efforts on the way and how it has brought out the worst, with the latest protest against the stay-at-home orders.

No matter what way you slice this, the coronavirus has affected us all in some way but I’m all for

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hearing some good news through this crisis.

As a matter of fact, Houston Astros‘ third baseman Alex Bregman is doing just that by providing meals within the Houston community in a joint venture with non-profit St. Vincent de Paul and the Houston Food Bank.

Just back April 10, he kicked off a campaign titled “FEEDHOU,” which is going to directed at getting meals to Houstonians that need it the most.  As of yesterday, he has raised more than $1 million, taking just a mere eight days to get to his goal, which is quite impressive considering these challenging times.

Bregman pumped $100K of his own money to start the program along with Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale also kicking in $100K and Justin Verlander donating his weekly paycheck to help with the efforts.  The rest of the funding was just filled in with benevolent donors that have caused him to surge toward his goal.

In addition, he and his fiancée Reagan Howard were passing out meals in southeast Houston yesterday that include each box containing five meals — one breakfast and four lunches.

Here are some thoughts from Bregs as he spoke with MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart:

I can’t say enough about the wonderful job that he’s doing to help his adopted community.  It’s just simply the right thing to do and people are going to remember that once this crazy yet unfortunate chain of events is over.

Will he reach $2 million?  How about $5M?  We’re about to find out and in short order while being able to get hundreds of thousands of meals who are in need.

How can you help if you can?

Bregman’s FEEDHOU initiative is accepting donations by texting “FEEDHOU” to number 4144 or via his donation page (click here).

This is not something that Bregman has to do but it’s out of the goodness of heart, going to show our positivity as well as our resilience through these unprecedented times.

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I wish nothing but the best with his passion to help as many people as he can…

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