Baseball Equipment Drive

In February 2020, a group of 7th Grade Ridgewood Boys Baseball Team and their dads will be taking a mission trip to the Dominican Republic to deliver much-needed athletic & electronic gear. The boys and their dads will personally collect, transport and deliver the items to a local orphanage, Casa de Luz, & a Dominican church which coordinates the orderly distribution to local children.

What’s Needed: 
• baseball gloves
• cleats/sneakers
• batting gloves
• baseball clothing
• uniforms
• Baseball hats
* no bats or helmets

• tablets
• iPads
• phones

The group is also collecting supplies for the Local Dominican Orphanage.
The following items are needed:
• diapers
• vitamins
• tuna fish
• peanut butter
• baby wipes.

If you are able to donate any of the items above (new or gently-used), please drop off at front step by Sunday, January 26 to:

the Norman Residence,  226 Phelps Road

or the Lee Residence – 552 Laurel Road

More About this Mission Trip
Since 2005, a group of Ridgewood dads and their sons have organized and participated in an annual baseball tournament coupled with a goodwill mission to a depressed area of the Dominican Republic. The trip is centered around San Pedro de Macoris, the birthplace of a disproportionate number of baseball stars, such names as Pedro Ciriaco, Sammy Sosa, Fernando Tatis, Robinson Cano, and many others. In addition to playing in a baseball tournament with local teams specifically scheduled for this group, the boys and dads donate their time and energy toward a worthwhile local community service project. In years past, we have provided labor for the construction of a school, a community building and an athletic field. This year, the group will carry on the tradition and will be gathering and delivering the supplies, building a basketball court, visiting with the locals, and playing baseball.

Questions? Contact Jeff Norman: (201) 925-0698,

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