Release Date: 01 January 2007
Release ID: 1007
C.H. Robinson Worldwide arranged and paid for the transportation of a yellow fire truck from Minneapolis to Venezuela for Johan Santana, Minnesota Twins pitcher and Cy Young Award winner (2004 & 2006).
Santana purchased the fire truck from the Coon Rapids Fire Department (CRFD) in Minnesota for $38,000 to donate to his hometown of Tovar, Merida which currently has no fire protection equipment. The truck was refurbished and equipped with new graphics, including the Minnesota Twins and C.H. Robinson logos, the flags of the United States and Venezuela and the #57 in honor of Santana.
The engine traveled on a flat bed from Minneapolis to Houston, Texas and from there via ship to La Guaira, Venezuela. It departed in November and arrived in Tovar on December 16th. Along with the engine and fire equipment, the Johan Santana Foundation also donated baseball equipment and toys to Tovar’s youth. Santana’s hometown celebrated the donations and the arrival of the engine with fireworks, live music and speeches by Santana, city officials, and two C.H. Robinson representatives.
Santana said, “To C.H. Robinson, I am very happy knowing everything you have done not just for me but for my whole community. I want to thank you and let you know we appreciate that we were able to trust everything to you. Hopefully this will be just the beginning and we will keep it going forever.” The Minnesota Twins are the 2006 American League Central Division Champions.
Chris O’Brien, C.H. Robinson vice president, said, “Our employees are extremely generous and community-minded. One of our employees saw a news story about Santana’s need to transport his fire truck earlier this summer and brought it to our attention as a great way for us to use our expertise and make an impact on a community that needs help. We are so happy to be a part of this terrific effort.”
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