Yankees legend Bernie Williams steps up to the plate to help hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
A cargo aircraft chartered by Major League Baseball was scheduled to take off from JFK Thursday morning.
Williams, a five-time All-star who was born in Puerto Rico, will help load boxes of diapers, baby food, water, and other essential supplies bound for the storm-ravaged island.
MLB has raised $15 million to help those affected by recent hurricanes in the Caribbean and the earthquake in Mexico.
Meanwhile, as Congress prepares to approve aid packages for disaster-affected areas, President Donald Trump is bringing up the debt crisis in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.
In a series of Tweets Thursday morning, the president quoted a statement from journalist Sharyl Attkisson, saying "Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making."
He says "Congress will decide how much to pay" while noting emergency responders cannot stay on the island forever.
Congress is on track to approve a $6 billion aid package in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, along with West Coast wildfires.
The White House has called for an additional package of nearly $5 billion for Puerto Rico to pay its workers and meet pension obligations.
None of that money would be applied toward the island’s staggering debt of $73 billion.