Area pro sports teams combine for relief efforts

Local donations to Red Cross will help Oregon wildfire, Hurricane Harvey victims

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The Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns, Portland Trail Blazers, Portland Winterhawks, and Hillsboro Hops are combining efforts to raise funds and blood donations to channel through the American Red Cross.

This is the first joint-philanthropic initiative among the five area professional franchises focusing on a specific cause — to bring aid to victims of Oregon’s wildfires, Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and the potential impact of Hurricane Irma in Florida.

“By working together with our local partners, we are able to maximize our collective impact in support of the communities affected by the devastation caused by these disasters,” said Mike Golub, President of Business for the Timbers and Thorns.

“The destruction we’ve seen from the Oregon wildfires and Hurricane Harvey is heartbreaking,” said Chris McGowan, President & CEO of the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter. “The journey to recovery will be a long one for all impacted areas. The professional sports community here in Portland is rallying our respective fan bases, employees and partners to contribute resources to assist in the effort where it’s needed most.”

The first steps taken will be to hold individual blood drives starting today, with each team hosting its own specially designated day at the headquarters for the Portland American Red Cross, located at 3131 North Vancouver Avenue.

Wednesday, Sept. 6 — Hops; 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 7 — Timbers and Thorns; 80 appointment slots from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 8 — Winterhawks; 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 9 — Trail Blazers; 100 appointment slots from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Red Cross blood donations can be conveniently scheduled online at www.redcrossblood.org for any of the blood drive locations throughout the region; or through the mobile app by texting BLOODAPP to 90999.

Fundraising efforts by each team will take place in the coming weeks and months at select home games and events to be announced. Additional information will be posted on each team’s website and through their social media channels.