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Rockies OF Raimel Tapia donates supplies to Dominican Republic families

The outfielder helped out his hometown during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Credit: Instagram / RaimelTapiafans

SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, Dominican Republic — Raimel Tapia might be the fastest player on the Colorado Rockies. 

He also has one of the biggest hearts. 

Tapia recently donated a large quantity of supplies to more than 150 families in his hometown of San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic as the area battles the COVID-19 pandemic. The news was first discovered by MLB.com's Thomas Harding

According to Harding, the supplies included food, toiletries, surgical masks and gloves. Tapia did the giving two weeks ago with no attention from the team or media, and was only discovered because of an Instagram account called "Raimel Tapia fans" sharing the news and photos. 

“People couldn’t get out to work.  After a couple of days here, I saw people didn’t have (anything) to eat.  And in the same way that god helped me, I needed to help them.  I (couldn’t) stay home and not (do) anything, “ Tapia told 9News when reached for an interview. 

“I helped because I (wanted to), not to put it on social media. I did it from the bottom of my heart,” he added. 

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