Bal­ti­more do­nates $10,000 to El­li­cott City dis­as­ter re­lief ef­forts

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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,

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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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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

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.

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