Baltimore donates $10,000 to Ellicott City disaster relief efforts
— The Baltimore Ravens donated $10,000 to the United Way’s ECStrong Fund, which is aiding in the disaster relief effort of Ellicott City.
Two people were killed in Saturday’s floods that devastated the city, damaging homes, cars and businesses. Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in Howard County.
Wide receiver and Howard County native Michael Campanaro announced the team’s donation Wednesday.
“Being from Howard County and growing up in Ellicott City, what happened with the flood really hits home. I’m from there and my brother lives right on Frederick Road,” Campanaro said, wearing a T-shirt dedicated to Ellicott City that Ravens’ staff members also wore Wednesday. “You can text ‘ECStrong’ to 51555 to support and donate. Also, these shirts you can find and purchase on 98online. com. All proceeds will also be going to the relief in Ellicott City. It means a lot with the Ravens and the team,
this organization, just supporting the families and victims. Our prayers are out for all of those people.”
Fellow wide receiver Kamar Aiken and cornerback Jimmy Smith also wore the T-shirts when speaking with reporters after practice.
Campanaro worried about his brother when he first learned about the flooding. He also referred to a widelycirculated video of a group of people linking arms to create a chain and rescue a women trapped in her car in the flood.
“It was tough. One of the first things I did was text my brother asking if he was OK. He lives maybe a mile away from Old Ellicott City,” he said. “It was nuts. I think the video that was awesome though was the people helping each other out, getting the lady out of the car. That was awesome.”
Head coach John Harbaugh also addressed the floods.
“Ellicott City is a focus of ours,” he said. “We love Ellicott City. Our thoughts are with them right now.”
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Wide receiver and Howard County native Michael Campanaro announced Wednesday that the Baltimore Ravens will donate $10,000 to the United Way’s disaster relief efforts in Ellicott City following Saturday’s flooding.