Used base­ball gear to find new homes with help of a char­ity

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - News - By Mike Nolan mnolan@south­town­star.com Twit­ter @mnolan_j

Used base­ball equip­ment re­cently col­lected in the south and south­west sub­urbs will find new homes with the help of a North Carolina char­ity, ac­cord­ing to the Chicago South­land Convention and Vis­i­tors Bureau.

More than 2,000 pieces of equip­ment, in­clud­ing bats, gloves, bat­ting hel­mets and uni­forms, were re­cently shipped to Turn Two for Youth, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that cleans and re­fur­bishes base­ball gear and dis­trib­utes it to chil­dren in need, such as in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

Dona­tions were col­lected at the Oak­sRe­cre­ation and Fit­ness Cen­ter in Mo­kena, the Mat­te­son Recre­ational Cen­ter, the Mid­loth­ian Park District and the Chicago South­land Convention and Vis­i­tors Bureau’s of­fices in Lans­ing. The col­lec­tion drive started Aug. 6 and ended Oct. 18, with the sports gear brought to the Oaks, pack­aged and shipped toTurnTwo for Youth, ac­cord­ing to the bureau.

It­was the third year the bureau had col­lec­tion drives, with more than 3,000 items gath­ered in the first two years, ac­cord­ing to the bureau.

Turn Two for Youth works with vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tions and churches to dis­trib­ute gear it col­lects, ac­cord­ing to the bureau.

CHICAGO SOUTH­LAND CONVENTION AND VIS­I­TORS BUREAU

Used base­ball equip­ment gath­ered in the south and south­west sub­urbs is dis­played in Mo­kena be­fore be­ing shipped to a char­ity in North Carolina, Turn Two for Youth, for re­use.

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