NEW YORK -- The non-profit Tuesday's Children announced Wednesday that it will use a $20,000 donation from Johan Santana and the Mets to expand and enhance services and programs for Spanish-speaking members of the 9/11 community, including the families of victims and first responders.
The Mets matched Santana's personal gift of $10,000, which he presented through the Johan Santana foundation.
"We help kids in my country," Santana said of his foundation, which was founded to support melanoma research and the Polideportivo Tovar Project in Tovar, Venezuela. "We felt it was important also to do something here in New York in the community, especially for the Spanish community. It is very important. It is a pleasure."
Tuesday's Children currently serves approximately 100 Spanish-speaking families who lost loved ones on 9/11 and an additional 35 Spanish-speaking families of rescue and recovery workers, promoting healing and recovery by "strengthening family resilience, providing individual coping and life management skills and creating community through programs, mental health support and family engagement opportunities."
With donations from Santana and the Mets Foundation, the non-profit plans to increase its Spanish-speaking registration to 250 families within a year.