Cubs player’s wives are pitching in to raise money for Puerto Rico after devastating storms

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 21: San Juan is seen the day after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 21, 2017. The majority of the island has lost power, in San Juan many are left without running water or cell phone service, and the Governor said Maria is the "most devastating storm to hit the island this century." (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – Those with ties to Puerto Rico and the Cubs franchise are doing their part of help the island after a pair of destructive hurricanes over the past month.

This week Mariel Perez, the wife of catcher Rene Rivera, has set up a Go Fund Me account to raise money for victims of Hurricane Irma and Maria.

“The puertorrican Cubs have united forces to help! Puerto Rico needs us more than ever, that is why we have joined forces to help any way we can,” said Perez on the Go Fund Me page.  “We have created this that will help rebuild our island. Every dollar counts! Please help us help!”

Rivera has tried to get the word on Social Media over the past few days in hopes of raising $6,000 for storm victims.

Javier Baez, a native of Puerto Rico who played for the country in this spring’s World Baseball Classic, also is trying to get the word out as well.

So far Perez’s camp is doing well, $5,471 of the $6,000 goal as of 8:30 PM on Thursday night. It includes a $500 donation Kristina Lackey, the wife of Cubs pitcher John Lackey.