If you have any contacts at the Cardinals office, please call or email them and ask the Cardinals to reconsider helping the grassroots effort: St. Louis Kids Kick In And Go To Bat For The Kids Of Haiti.
Here's the current status. I had made an appeal and recieved via email a very polite "No" from the Community Relations Office. I'm just taking that as the "current answer." So I sent the message below to a wonderful gentleman with great Cardinal connections hoping to enlist his good offices in another appeal.
Maybe you can help too!
Please see the email exchange below regarding my most recent request to have the Cardinals participate in The St. Louis Kids Kick In And Go To Bat For The Kids Of Haiti grassroots community campaign.
This is the ONLY response I've received thus far from the Cardinals. It's certainly not like the good old days when Marty Hendin would actually return calls in person on the same day he got them.
To me this is A-B-C.
A. Promote message to fans on Jumbotron during home games from ASAP through July 4t(we'll provide the Jumbotron copy/graphics and everything to their specs)
B. Allow fans to drop off baseball gloves ONLY inside the stadium pre-and post-game
C. Sell Cardinal kid-size hats and shirts in the gift shops
Win! Win! Win!
A. Generous fans win by giving
B. Cardinals win with "good guy glow" and cash
C. Kids in Haiti win.
What am I missing??
That's it...we'll handle all the PSAs, and Project Inc., the handicapped workshop will pick up all the stuff to pack it for the kids in Haiti.
I know the Cardinals have done something already, but why not do this too? Of those to whom so much is given, much is expected.
What's it cost the Cardinals? Nothing - it's a minimal effort.
The Cardinals will actually sell stuff and make money.
I was thinking about going to hear Bill DeWitt at Morton's for his "KMOX-sponsored Insider Update" on Ball Park Village and "all things Cardinal Nation"- but, I think I'll take the $100.00 a plate dinner fee and buy $100 worth of kid's wearables on-line and have the order shipped to Project Inc., just to demonstrate how profitable and painless helping out can be for the Cardinals.
I'm asking you to send this email on to your pals downtown in the Executive Office and see if we can get the Cardinals to do this.
How much is "enough" - when the kids of Haiti have NOTHING. Please help if you feel so moved, I appear to be unable to pierce the Maginot Line-like defenses around the Executive Offices.
SEE Latest News: http://www.facebook.com/STLKidsKickIn
The ordinary everyday folks in the St. Louis soccer and baseball community have been very generous...I'm hoping our BIG LEAGUE TEAM will be at least minimally helpful even though Haiti is not the cause celeb or front page story du jour.
I'll leave it in God's and your hands.
Please help if you can.
Thank you for your interest in the Cardinals. We appreciate hearing from our fans. In conjunction with MLB, Cardinals Care has made a substantial commitment to the Haiti relief efforts. In addition, the St. Louis Cardinals currently support an effort to collect gently used baseball equipment. Therefore, unfortunately at this time we are not interested in engaging in such endeavors due to our prior commitments. Your understanding is appreciated.
Thank you for your continued support.
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From: Tom Birkenmeier [mailto:Birk@orcastl.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:31 AM
To: To Whom It May Concern
Subject: stl - Cards Community Programs - Information on Programs and Participation - St. Louis Kids Kick In And Go To Bat For The Kids Of Haiti
First Name: Tom