Giants help Sandy victims, donate $500,000

Eli Manning walks off the field after a

Eli Manning walks off the field after a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Nov. 4, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

They couldn't provide the win they wanted to deliver, but the Giants found more constructive ways to help those still hurting from Sandy.

On their first day off since the superstorm hit the area a week ago, many Giants players were out in the community pitching in to relief efforts Tuesday and the franchise itself made a $500,000 donation to help victims of the storm.

Eli Manning was in Staten Island with the American Red Cross. At the New Jersey Food Bank, Justin Tuck, Kevin Boothe, Lawrence Tynes, David Baas, Domenik Hixon, Bear Pascoe and Jim Cordle assisted in the separation of food donations and helped make sandwiches for relief workers.

And in Seaside Heights, where the boardwalk was destroyed, Prince Amukamara, Steve Weatherford, Markus Kuhn, David Douglas, Brandon Mosley, Matt Broha, Terrence Fredrick and LaRon Scott helped distribute food.

The Giants also announced a $500,000 donation to be split evenly between the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

"The New York metropolitan area sustained extensive and devastating damage to its infrastructure in Hurricane Sandy," Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said in a joint statement. "The Giants want to do everything we can to assist our neighbors, fans and friends. Toward that end, after careful consideration, we have decided to make donations to these two very worthy funds. We are in this for the long haul and will continue to assist relief efforts in our hard-hit region."

Last week, the NFL and the Players Association announced a $1-million donation to the hurricane relief effort.

The Jets also were out in the community Tuesday. Mark Sanchez wrote on his Twitter page: "Heading to Toms River to help some fellow NJ residents."

Giants fans have helped out, too. At Sunday's game against the Steelers, they donated 38,405 pounds of food and raised $18,723. The next two Giants home games also will offer a chance to continue to help. Against the Packers on Nov. 25, the Giants will hold their annual coat drive. And Dec. 9 against the Saints will be the annual Toys for Tots drive.

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