Firefighters, charities donate to Savin Hill league
DORCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -- Someone stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment from the Savin Hill Little League, jeopardizing the players’ season. But the Boston Firefighters Union stepped up to the plate with a $3,000 check.
“I’m speechless. I don’t have much feelings other than joy and excitement,” said Tony King, President of Savin Hill Little League.
“That's what fire fighters do, we help out people and if it’s not for the kids in the little league…and that’s what this fund’s for,” said Rich Paris, President of Boston Firefighters Union.
Over the weekend, officials and players from the Savin Hill Little League were stunned when they discovered someone had broken into their storage container and stolen their baseball equipment worth thousands of dollars.
But the generous response has been overwhelming; donations poured in from numerous organizations and individuals. Kevin Youkilis' charity, Youk's Kids, is helping out, too.
“The first thing he said [when he heard about it] was, ‘Sounds like our mission, go for it,” said Tina Cantu, Youk’s Kids Foundation.
And Reebok is coming to the rescue as well.
“We’re going to be outfitting the league with all their catchers’ equipment, we’re providing some duffle bags and other assorted things,” said Bill Holmes, Reebok spokesman.
Two hundred kids play in the Savin Hill little league. Players and parents say they're grateful that generous donors used a bad situation to hit a home run.
“It makes me feel great because all the kids are going to get to play baseball this year,” said Regan Finnigan, Savin Hill Little Leaguer.
“I just think it’s pretty amazing. I think people are taking offense to this, which is good. And it shows there are people out there that care. And the people that did this, maybe you can see that and take it as an example of how things should be,” said King.