Long Island native Steven Matz lives in Nashville now, but the Mets left-hander remains supportive of New York’s first responders, especially now, with the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the city and surrounding area so hard.
On Friday, Matz announced on Twitter that he and his wife Taylor were donating $32,000 to through his Tru32 program.
“The … first of three donations just went out to one of the hardest hit hospitals in NYC, Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, so close to Citi Field,’’ Matz wrote.
He included a link for others to donate at supportelmhurst.org/donate.
“Taylor and I continue to be inspired by the countless selfless acts of our first responders, doctors, nurses [and] medical staff in the war against COVID-19,’’ Matz wrote. “Thank you for your bravery and dedication serving our community [and] your patients!”
Last week, Matz noted he was keeping a close eye on how the coronavirus was impacting New York, where his parents and grandparents still live.
“We’ve got stores and places shut down here, but I’m really monitoring what’s going on in New York with all my family there,’’ Matz said.
He started his Tru32 initiative in 2015 to honor first responders and members of the NYPD, FDNY and military.
“More than anything, this time makes you realize the importance of first responders and now the medical personnel that are putting themselves in danger,’’ Matz said. “It’s why I support the causes I do.’’
Also on Friday, the Mets established a $1.2 million relief program for Citi Field employees. According to the team, it will provide need-based grants to eligible seasonal game-day staff, as well as the team’s ballpark partners.