Eastman Firefighters' Club to Hold Softball Tourney for Toy Drive | Community Spirit
It’s beginning to look a lot Halloween, which of course signals a fast-approaching Thanksgiving and the countdown to Christmas, and one local organization is dusting off its Santa hats and bats to make sure the upcoming holidays are a lot brighter for area children.
On Saturday, October 20, the Eastman Firefighters’ Club will host a co-ed softball tournament, and all proceeds from the event will benefit the annual Christmas toy drive.
In recent years, the club’s main fundraiser has been a motorcycle ride; however, this year, event coordinators hope to open the playing field for even more people to participate.
Jason Mullis, an Eastman Fire Department volunteer who has participated in the toy drive for the past four years and is helping coordinate the tournament, hopes it will allow more people to become involved in providing a much-needed service to the community.
“Times are tough, and with the economy like it is and has been in the past year, more and more families are going to be struggling during the holidays,” he said “The toy drive the Fire Department holds is just about all the Christmas some of our local children are going to get, and that can’t happen without the community’s support.”
Registration for each team will be $150. The minimum age for players will be 12 years old, and males 15 and under will qualify as “female” players.
The tournament will be held at the Eastman-Dodge County Recreation Department with registration open at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds from registration, concessions, and a 50/50 raffle will benefit the local Christmas toy drive, which has provided Christmas toys for hundreds of children in the past several years.
Mullis added that in addition to participation in the tournament, those interested in supporting the drive can make toy donations in drop boxes that will soon be placed in local stores and businesses. Toys can also be dropped off at either fire department location in Eastman.
Eastman Fire Chief Carl Johnson said he is proud of the work done each year to make the Christmas program a success.
“The toy drive is something we started several years ago and have continued doing for the kids of our community,” he said. “A lot of local people really put their hearts into this program to make it a success, and we appreciate everyone who participates each year.”
For more information about the tournament or to register a team, call Jason Mullis at (478) 231-2590.