The Doug Hanson family's recovery effort from a fire that destroyed their rural Meckling home in mid-December received a boost last week when it was learned the family would be receiving a $1,000 donation from the Kansas City Royal Alumni Association.
"The alumni association is a group of former players that feel they were blessed with good pro-baseball careers, and they wanted to find a way to give back to those who had supported them through their playing days," said Kansas City Royal Alumni Association representative Fred White. "Last year we gave away more than $25,000 to families. We have developed a good relationship with Kurt Dykstra and the guys at (Yankton radio station) KYNT. So, when Kurt e-mailed us and told us what had happened, our guys jumped on it."
The Hanson family has children who attend Gayville-Volin schools.
The $1,000 donation will be administered through the local Red Cross chapter and given to the family in the form of Yankton bucks, which can be spent at any Chamber of Commerce business in the area.
"The donation has to go through a 501c3," White said. "When we first started this program, we were going to give the families the money directly and someone said don't do that. So, by working through a charity, in this case the Red Cross, we can help them out."
White said the members of the association are very sympathetic to the Hansons' losing their home at any time, let alone right before Christmas.
"(The former players) know that there are a lot of fans, not just in Kansas City area. So, we reach out through our radio network," White said.