Dec. 10, 2020 -- The Heights Baseball Boosters are both giving and receiving this holiday season. The group of baseball parents work hard throughout the year to raise money for specialized equipment or travel for the high school baseball program. Like so many organizations, many of their typical fundraisers have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But they’ve created a meaningful and mutually beneficial partnership with Cleveland nonprofit .
In a slightly convoluted maze, members of the Baseball Boosters volunteer to sell 50/50 raffle tickets at home Cleveland Browns games to benefit Shoes & Clothes for Kids, who then pay the organization for the volunteers’ work. According to Heights dad Mark Bellini, the Boosters can walk away with up to $1,500 per game plus a chance to sit in the stands and watch the 4th quarter.
But the connection to Shoes & Coats for Kids runs deeper than that. Bellini and two other Booster members recently volunteered their time to help distribute donated goods to community organizations that serve children and families in need. They spent a full day in a large warehouse sorting and organizing donated toys, clothing, school supplies and household goods for representatives from area agencies to “shop” for distribution to the people they serve.
“It’s a good feeling all around,” said Bellini, “knowing that we’re helping people get the basic things they need just to get through the day.” He and other parents plan to continue volunteering at the Shoes & Clothes for Kids warehouse to inventory donated goods. “It’s not exciting work – you’re just counting and sorting – but it’s critical.”
And it’s a win-win, keeping the Baseball Boosters at the top of the list for future money-making ventures with the organization.