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CLEVELAND -- Nick Swisher was supposed to be honored for his $25,000 donation to the FBI Citizens Academy Foundation before last Wednesday's game, but the birth of his baby girl Emerson pushed the proceedings back a week.

Before Thursday's game against Cincinnati, Swisher discussed his charitable effort -- which funded the purchase of about 15,000 child identification kits -- alongside FBICAF chairman of the board, Steve Williger. The Indians star said his actions were influenced by the birth of his first child as well as the recent rescue of three Cleveland women -- Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight -- a decade after they were kidnapped. He also expressed a desire to contribute to the community, not just the team.

"I could not have been more honored and more happy to be a part of this," said Swisher, whose wife JoAnna also played a crucial role in the donation process. "When this opportunity was presented to us, it was just kind of something that we knew that we had to jump on.

"For all of us on the Swisher side of things, man, we're happy to be part of it. We're excited about it."

Each identification kit contains an inkless fingerprinting card, a DNA collection envelope and a cut-out wallet card. They'll be distributed in the concourse behind home plate at Progressive Field during Thursday's game and throughout the Cleveland community later in the year. To see when and where, visit the FBI's website.

Toward the end of the press conference, Swisher was presented with three gifts for his new daughter, all of which were a familiar color.

"I'm getting used to this pink thing, man," Swisher said with a grin.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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