Lakers to donate to American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief funds

The Lakers will donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief funds. The organization will also match up to an additional $50,000 of donations from fans, bringing their total contribution to $100,000.

“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, in a statement.

Fans can make donations by visiting this site. The charity’s website said the funds will help the Red Cross “provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance.”

At least two Lakers have been affected by Hurricane Sandy sweeping the East Coast. As noted in Thursday’s Lakers notebook, Metta World Peace and Devin Ebanks both grew up in Queensbridge, NY. and have been indirectly affected by Hurricane Sandy sweeping the East Coast. World Peace had a friend whose house burned down. Ebanks said his mother, Yvonne Jackson, stayed in Rikers Island to avoid the hurricane.

Follow L.A. Daily News Lakers beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email