Blue Crabs Com­mu­nity Car­a­van makes pit stops around So. Md.

Lo­cal team lends a help­ing hand at Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety in Wal­dorf

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com

South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs play­ers took a break from prac­tice to show their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for fans and sup­port­ers in var­i­ous South­ern Mary­land

com­mu­ni­ties last week.

On Thurs­day, the Blue Crabs reached out to the greater South­ern Mary­land com­mu­nity with its ninth an­nual Com­mu­nity Car­a­van. One of the team’s first stops in Charles County was the Charles County Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety in Wal­dorf where a few of the play­ers helped pack­age and dis­trib­ute food to fam­i­lies in need.

“This just shows how much we want to give back to the South­ern Mary­land com­mu­nity even though we can’t re­pay how much they give us,” said Blue Crabs Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Austin Gore. “Some of th­ese guys are kids at heart play­ing base­ball and they’re just do­ing what they love so the Com­mu­nity Car­a­van is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to show the play­ers’ love of the game, whether its pack­ag­ing food or play­ing with mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and sup­port­ing a com­mu­nity that loves base­ball.”

“As a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, we are very grate­ful to have the Blue Crabs stop by here and take the time to give back to fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity. They’re lift­ing those boxes and as they dis­cov­ered, packing food boxes is com­pli­cated but they’ve done very well and we’re quite ap­pre­cia­tive of their ef­forts,” said Janet Brett, Charles County Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety ware­house man­ager and vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor.

Brett split the play­ers into dif­fer­ent ar­eas and gave them tasks to as­sist the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s co­or­di­na­tors in mov­ing and pack­ag­ing many of the ba­sic life ne­ces­si­ties be­ing pro­vided to lo­cal fam­i­lies in the county.

Pitcher Shaun Garceau said Brett gave the team spe­cific in­struc­tions about what to do from the mo­ment they came through the door, so the team got right to work.

“A com­mu­nity car­a­van is us get­ting to­gether go­ing to dif­fer­ent parts of the com­mu­nity to do dif­fer­ent things, ei­ther help­ing or just get­ting the word out about the team,” Garceau said. “It’s al­ways a good feel­ing to be here and its al­ways great to help those who need it. Most of us have been through sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions as those fam­i­lies who are cur­rently strug­gling.”

Danielle Ryan, the so­ci­ety’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said half of the play­ers cre­ated food boxes with do­na­tions made to the food pantry while the other set of play­ers worked on U.S De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture bags that the or­ga­ni­za­tion typ­i­cally adds to the food boxes that go to each fam­ily.

Blue Crabs in­fielder Michael Snyder is new to the team this sea­son and is ex­cited to be bond­ing with his new team­mates while vis­it­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Just be­ing able to help the com­mu­nity as a team and even do­ing the lit­tle things like pack­ag­ing food gets the morale go­ing for the team. It also helps us to bond with one an­other since a lot of us are new to the team in ad­di­tion to build­ing a great re­la­tion­ship with the com­mu­nity,” Snyder said.

The Charles County Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety said the Blue Crabs vis­ited the food pantry at a time when sup­plies are gen­er­ally in stock but will de­crease sig­nif­i­cantly as the year con­tin­ues. The so­ci­ety ac­cepts do­na­tions such as baby sup­plies, canned or boxed food, and cloth­ing for the fam­i­lies where more than 30,000 Charles County citizens are helped an­nu­ally.

“I think it’s great that the Blue Crabs can go out and help mul­ti­ple places that need the help and sup­port dur­ing their off-sea­son,” Ryan said. “Any­one who wants to come do­nate their time and vol­un­teer a few hours of their day is al­ways wel­come.”

STAFF PHOTO BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs play­ers Zach Wil­son, Shaun Garceau and Cody Ep­p­ley make food bags at the Charles County Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety in Wal­dorf last Thurs­day.

STAFF PHOTO BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs play­ers Car­los Gon­za­lez, Or­lando San­tos and Michael Snyder pack food boxes at the Charles County Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety in Wal­dorf last Thurs­day.

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