UNION, NJ – For months now, Union Little League’s 2017 Cooperstown team has been busy fundraising for their week-long trip to Cooperstown, NY, this August. 

But they recently took time out of their fundraising activities to host a Holiday Food Drive to give back to those in need.

“The players and parents are very grateful for the generosity of the community and local businesses,” said Christi Field, ULL 2017 Cooperstown Team Treasurer.  “They wanted to do something to give back.”

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“We decided to use social media and spearhead a Union Little League Gives Back Holiday Food Drive,” said Field.  The donations were delivered to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside on December 17. 

“The players are dedicated to developing skills on and off the field,” said Field.  “The coaches know the importance of being a team player and giving back to the community.”  Last Spring the team volunteered at the Community Food Bank of NJ bagging pasta to be distributed to those in need.

Each year Union Little League fundraises for a team of 12 players to compete in “The American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitation Tournament”, in Cooperstown.  “The players are very excited to be a part of this once in a lifetime experience,” said Field.

The players and their families have been continuing their fundraising efforts.  The goal is to raise $20,000.  “We need about $8,000 more,” said Field.  “We need $4,000 by mid-February to complete our payment to Dreamspark.”

The players will be fundraising at Stop and Shop on January 7 and January 8.

Fundraising activities have included ‘shake a can’ at ShopRite, 7/11 in Five Points and 7/11 on Morris and Elmwood, Dunkin Donuts on Route 22, Buy Rite Liquors, and the Bagel Spot.  Local restaurants also hosted "Dine and Donates", at which a percentage of their patron's bill went to the team.  Participating restaurants included Tiff's Burger & Alehouse, Cafe Z and Chipotle. 

ShopRite of Union allowed the team members to bag groceries for donations and the team has received monetary donations from various local businesses.  A spaghetti dinner and tricky tray hosted by the Columbian Club/Knights of Columbus was also held as a fundraiser.

Fundraising efforts will continue through the Spring of 2017.