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Lakers donate to American Red Cross for victims of super storm Sandy

November 02, 2012|By Eric Pincus
  • Hilary and James Bowden embrace while helping James' brother with his destroyed home on Staten Island.
Hilary and James Bowden embrace while helping James' brother with… (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles…)

The Lakers have donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross to assist victims of super storm Sandy.

“Although the devastation caused by this hurricane was thousands of miles from Southern California, we consider the Lakers to be part of a much larger community, and we wanted to do our part to help the recovery of those affected,” said Janie Drexel, director of charitable services.

Additionally the team has promised to match up to an additional $50,000 of donations from fans, bringing their total contribution to $100,000.

Fans looking to help are encouraged to go to this link for more information.

Funds donated will enable the Red Cross to "provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance," according to the charity's website.

Sandy was responsible for at least 88 fatalities. According to Tiffany Hsu of The Times, the storm has caused an estimated $50 billion in property damage.

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You can email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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