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CHICAGO -- White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago has provided assistance for one of the tornado victims in Oklahoma, after his agent, Brian McCafferty, got in touch with a local church who made him aware of a family that lost everything in the tornado. The daughter in this family was going to postpone her arrival at college, but Santiago sent the family money to purchase college supplies so the daughter could start on time.

It's the hope of Santiago and his agent that Target, which they reached out to, will match the financial donation to the family.

"I'm always trying to do something to be able to give back," Santiago said. "Whatever it is, something small, anything little can help out. I'm always here to help out and make somebody's day a little bit better."

Santiago talked to the girl on Monday and said she was very happy and appreciative for him reaching out.

"We just kind of went out, and I was like, 'Hey, even if it's one family or two families, kids, anything,'" Santiago said. "We called, and the church was just like, 'Hey, this family lost everything, cars, clothes, all the stuff for her.'

"They kind of picked it. It was like, 'Hey, this is the best one right now that you can help out and make an impact right away.'"

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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