Twins pledge relief assistance to Japan

Twins pledge relief assistance to Japan

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Twins are partnering with Feed My Starving Children -- a non-profit organization committed to feeding hungry children throughout the world -- as part of the current relief efforts in Japan, the club announced Thursday.

The club pledged $25,000, which equates to more than 100,000 meals for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. In addition, the Minnesota Twins Wives Organization has pledged $4,000, providing more than 16,000 meals. FMSC works with organizations within Japan that will distribute the contributed meals.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan as they deal with this devastating crisis," said Bryan Donaldson, director of community relations for the Twins. "It is our hope that these contributions will help alleviate some of the hunger issues as our Japanese friends rebuild."

The donations also meant a lot to new second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who hails from Nara, Japan. Nishioka took part in a public service announcement with right-hander Scott Baker to promote the cause on Tuesday.

"All I can do is be appreciative of all the support we're getting," Nishioka said through his translator, Ryo Shinkawa.

Fans interested in contributing to the relief efforts can do so by texting "manna" to 50555 to make a $10 donation to FMSC. A $10 donation will provide 40 meals for victims of the recent earthquake in Japan. Fans can also visit www.fmsc.org to learn more about the organization or to make a donation.