The effort by two Springfield police officers who began a collection drive to allow more kids to play baseball has caught the attention of the Red Sox Foundation.
On Friday, the Springfield Police Department received a van full of baseball equipment from the Red Sox Foundation.
The equipment will stay local and go to the kids in the Springfield community.
A program specialist with the Red Sox Foundation said they had leftover gear and thought it would be perfect to donate it to Springfield police.
They’re happy they are able to help get as many kids as possible to play baseball and softball.
Springfield Officer Giselle Pica and her partner spearheaded the donation drive following an annual visit to the Dominican Republic where she saw a need for kids to have baseball equipment.
Pica told Western Mass News she’s overwhelmed by the support.
"Surprised at the fact that so many people reached out so many in the community came out and were very generous. As you can see, very generous and all the way from Boston as well," said Officer Pica.
A couple of months ago Western Mass News along with the Springfield Police Department helped collect baseball equipment for those in need in the Dominican Republic.
Officer Pica said they were able to send 16 boxes to Dominican.
She noted that they are in the process of packing more boxes to send down there soon.
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