Camden area Little League vandalized

May 26, 2008 3:56:46 AM PDT
Everybody knows how important it is to keep children off the streets and give them something positive to do. In Camden's Fairview section more than 100 youngsters play baseball together - until today. Volunteers for the Fairview Little League program found ketchup splashed everywhere inside their recreation building this morning. Furniture, equipment, team photos? all of it damaged or destroyed.

One volunteer told Action New, "I don't understand why they would do something like this. I don't understand. I don't understand." Especially when you begin to understand what it takes to keep this baseball program for Camden's kids up and running.

Sarah Ross tells us, "It's terrible because this is just for the kids. We don't have nothing else for the kids out here in Fairview."

About 100 to 150 kids, sometimes even more, come each week to play baseball on fields built and maintained entirely by volunteers.

On of those volunteers, Bob Palya says, "The volunteers from this league built the building, built the field, put up the fences. We paint the building and do everything that's needed here."

Bob and Sarah lend the children uniforms and baseball gloves. But now, the uniforms are too soiled to wear again and the all the equipment was stolen. So 7-year-old Marqua won't have a glove for this week's game.

This little league program makes its money from the sale of food at games and other donations, but the food Bob just bought is all gone. Sarah can't hand out any free hot dogs to kids who come hungry.

Police think it's pretty unlikely they'll track down the culprits who did this. Now, this little league program is desperate for donations.


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