Pirates ‘Friendsgiving’ helps local community

PITTSBURGH — During the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pirates president Travis Williams said the team’s charitable arm looked out at the Pittsburgh community focused on one thing: “Filling the gaps of need.” “The Pirates organization and Pirates Charities have a long history of helping our communities, and we

PITTSBURGH — During the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pirates president Travis Williams said the team’s charitable arm looked out at the Pittsburgh community focused on one thing: “Filling the gaps of need.”

“The Pirates organization and Pirates Charities have a long history of helping our communities, and we take a lot of pride in representing this great city of Pittsburgh,” Williams said. “It’s what Pittsburghers do, right? We all lean in and help one another in times of need, and there was no greater time of need than 2020. As an organization as a whole, we believe in this.”

That began with helping people in need of food and supplies, which Pirates Charities worked toward through partnerships with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Giant Eagle. Then they wanted to care for those on the front lines of the pandemic, including health care workers at Allegheny Health Network and grocery store employees at Giant Eagle. Players got involved, too, supporting local restaurants and hospital staff.

As Opening Day of this shortened season drew nearer, it became apparent to the Pirates just how severely that small local businesses…

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