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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Baseball PINK!

I was planning on writing about etiquette tonight but something has come up that I would like to share with you:

My daughter, Rhonda, is a 1st grade teaching assistant in a small elementary school near Cove City, North Carolina. Maybe a little background will help to explain. When Rhonda was growing up, her father was in the Air Force so she grew up in an ethnically diverse atmosphere. Rhonda has color blindness and she learned this from her mother. All men are created equal.

Rhonda and her husband have the twins, Garrett and Taylor. Both of which are very ethnically diverse in their thinking because that is the way their mother has taught them. A few years ago Rhonda and then Jesse coached the baseball team in Cove City. They didn't distinguish between the Black, Hispanic, Asian, or White children. All were selected for their team and it has remained that way since. There is not another team in the league that has as much diversity. Unfortunately, neither Rhonda or Jesse can coach this year.

Some of the churches in the area have always supported this league, since it is a church league. This year, due to economic hard times most have decided not to support the team. They need $2600 to get their team on the roster for the league this year. Most of the children come from financially destitute backgrounds. The teachers bring in bags of food for the children to have food on the weekends, it is that bad. In the summer, they get painfully thin. Rhonda and some of her friends have tried to help in so many ways. They have yard sales, bake sales, etc. They have asked for donations so these children can have the joy of playing on a baseball team.

If you can find it in your heart to donate, this is who you can send a donation to:
Make check payable to:

Cove City Baseball
c/o JP WHITFORD
226 LOOP RD
COVE CITY NC  28523

The team has 501C3 Non-Profit status, and contributions are tax deductible. It doesn't make any difference if it is 1, 5, 10, or 20 dollars. If they get enough to join the league by 2600 people donating a dollar, that is no different than 26 people donating $100.

Any contribution is appreciated. If they get more than is needed, the poorer children will get new uniforms and equipment will be replaced, since they are playing with very old equipment.

Now here is something I thought about, most older people are still skeptical about social media and look at me funny when I tell them I have over 63K people following me on Twitter and almost a thousand on Facebook. They think there is no power in social media, but I think there is enormous power in social media.

This is your chance to make a difference to a group of deserving children who live in a rural part of North Carolina. This is your opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ, or whoever you believe in. This could make a difference in the life of a few children. It would show them the goodness of others and perhaps help them to make changes in their lives as they grow up.

Who am I to ask? A grandmother who loves her grandson's little friends who want to play baseball. If I have ever helped you in any way, brightened your day, prayed for you during difficult times, I would hope you would contribute. Let them know that you heard about it from me, so I can get the list of contributors and publish it here on my blog. If you cannot contribute, please ask God to bless them with the finances they need so that the children can play ball this coming summer.

All money must be turned in by the end of March, so there is not much time. My check goes in the mail tomorrow.

Thank you and blessings to you, Barbara Duke

GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME!