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Bregman, Team Rubicon Aid Hurricane Harvey Victims

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was part of a team that helped welcome a Houston family back to their home, one that was severely damaged during Hurricane Harvey.

Team Rubicon, a veteran-led global disaster response organization, is in the midst of reconstructing 100 homes damaged during the 2017 hurricane in Houston. The Postel family was the 10th Team Rubicon has welcomed home as part of the effort. Bregman was on hand as part of a surprise to the family, which saw that volunteers from Team Rubicon and corporate partner Carhartt helped put in more than 1,000 hours to get the home ready for the family of four.

"Team Rubicon is happy to play a part in getting the Postels, and 99 other families, back into their homes after Hurricane Harvey," said Brian Meagher, strategic partnerships officer at Team Rubicon. "Partners like Carhartt help us continue to carry out our mission and do what we do best."

As a welcome-home gift for the family, Carhartt purchased $15,000 worth of gift cards to local businesses for the family to furnish their newly-renovated home. The brand has already given Team Rubicon a $200,000 donation in the effort to help families recover from disaster.

“All of us at Carhartt could not be more impressed with the work Team Rubicon has done to support victims of Hurricane Harvey,” said Janet Ries, vice president of marketing at Carhartt. “Many families are counting on Team Rubicon to help restore their lives, and visiting with the Postel family shows that the organization will continue to make a meaningful, lasting impact.”

Team Rubicon is the nation’s only disaster response organization whose volunteers are primarily comprised of U.S. military service veterans. Team Rubicon volunteers, or Greyshirts, use their unique skills and experiences gained from serving in the military to assist those most affected in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster.

Formed in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon was founded by a small group of veterans searching for an opportunity to give back through continued service. The organization now boasts an 80,000-strong volunteer workforce. Since its inception, Team Rubicon has responded to more than 280 disasters domestically and internationally, including hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Tim Newcomb covers gear and business for Baseball America. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.

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