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Raiders donate 50k to Napa earthquake relief efforts

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Last weekend, Napa California was the epicenter for an earthquake that registered at 6.1 on the Richter scale. It was the largest quake Northern California has experienced in 25 years. The damages to the Napa area were extensive including many historic buildings as well as residences which put people out of their homes.

Here is some footage from a Quadcopter cam surveying some of the damage to Napa homes and businesses:

Napa is a second home for the Raiders, who spend training camp there every year. In fact, they just broke camp in Napa a couple weeks ago. So, to help with the recovery efforts, the Raiders have kicked in $50,000.

The donation will be split up between the American Red Cross, Napa Valley Unified School District, and Napa Valley Education Foundation.

"All of us at the Raiders express our deepest concern for those affected by Sunday's earthquake. Napa has been our summer home for almost two decades and during that time, we have fostered true friendships and relationships in the city. We're asking that the Raider Nation offer thoughts and donations to assist in Napa's recovery." The Raiders said in a statement.

Redwood Middle School, which shares the field where the Raiders hold their training camp, and indeed all the schools in the area have suffered damages as well as lost classroom supplies and materials. The donation from the Raiders will help in re-opening the schools and replenishing the lost supplies.

The Raiders are asking now for the fans help in these efforts. Those in attendance at the Seahawks vs. Raiders preseason game this Thursday will be encouraged to text to donate. Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to those affected by the Napa County earthquake.

You can also go to the Red Cross website at http://www.redcross.org/cm/oaklandraiders-pub or the Napa Valley Education Foundation on the home page at www.nvef.org, click on "Donate Now."