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Marysville Pilots hold food drive

 

November 22, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Marysville Pilots baseball player Bryce Moser, left, collects a cash donation from local Jose Guadalupe during a food drive for the Marysville Community Food Bank outside the Marysville Haggen on Nov. 16.

Kids from local baseball club the Marysville Pilots collected food and donations outside local stores recently for the Marysville Community Food Bank.

Club members were outside of the Marysville Haggen Food and Marysville Grocery Outlet during two evenings on Nov. 14 and 16.

"We're collecting food for the Marysville Community Food Bank for the holidays," said Jeff Davis, a coach for one of the team for the Pilots.

"It's going really well," he said.

Donations and food are being given to the Marysville Community Food Bank, which serves hundreds of families in the city each month.

Davis said the team wanted to help families that needed support for the holidays.

"Around the holidays there are people who are not going to be able to have a nice dinner without this support," he said.

"It's helping people get food," said Coe Davis, a player on the Pilots.

The Pilots also plan to collect food again for a couple of days in December.

In the past they have also helped gather donations for victims of hurricanes Irma and Harvey and collected equipment for children in Panama to play baseball.

Davis said that the Marysville Pilots try to instill more than just athletic skills.

"I think it's really important that this program is for our community. It's not only about baseball," he said.

He hopes that the Pilots players will take those lessons with them as they grow up.

"I like to support our community, and in order to have a good community you also have to have kids support it," he said.

Christopher Andersson

Marysville Pilots baseball club players, coaches and parents during a food drive for the Marysville Community Food Bank outside the Marysville Haggen on Nov. 16.

"The way I look at it is, if I pay it forward to my baseball kids, then hopefully they will pay it forward when they get older as well," he said.

The kids also get some experience working at something "that goes toward the community," said Davis.

Food and donation drives help to show the players what being a good citizen is.

"They actually see some good by collecting things for the less fortunate," he said.

The players are also working together for the night, said Davis.

"I think that they like being together and also doing something good for the community," he said.

"It helps team building with our kids," he said.

The Marysville Pilots are a select, tournament club with 50 to 60 members from ages 8 to 13. The club was created just a few years ago.

More information about the baseball club is available at their website at http://www.marysvillepilots.com.

 

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