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Prairie City News

Local softball team gets creative with food pantry donation

To give back to the community, members of the Jasper County United 12U USSSA Softball Team got creative. The girls, who were competing at the state tournament, made a goal to earn food based on the stats they accumulated throughout the tournament.

Each player’s stats would determine what their family would donate. For each time on base, one can of vegetables would be donated. For each single hit, one can of fruit. For each double, one box of macaroni and cheese. For each triple, a toiletry item. For each home run, one box of cereal. Finally, for every run scored by the team, the player’s chose an item to donate.

“Unfortunately, rain shortened our five-game weekend to only three games, but we still raised more than 91 items,” coach Tammy Steenhoek said.

After seeing the work the team put in, a fellow coach offered to double that amount. As word spread of the team’s initiative, a community member also came forward and doubled the amount, as well.

The collected goods were dropped off to the PCM Food Pantry at the Monroe Presbyterian Church June 28. While there, the girls and their family members were able to learn about the food pantry and also see where all of the food is stored.

“Thanks to JC United 12U Softball Team for their donation,” food pantry director Ann Johnson said. “We appreciate every donation.”

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com

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