November 30, 2021
When things went sideways in March 2020, the first people we thought of were the helpers.
We reached out to the Anderson Monarchs almost immediately and asked, "What do you need from us?" Needless to say, they had already sprung into action, delivering meals to families, and providing baseball instruction & school tutoring through Zoom.
They needed money to help make those things happen, and we were happy to help them raise some...our doors weren't open, but loyal customers (like you!) were still buying online, so a percentage of everything we made over a 4-day period around Jackie Robinson's birthday went directly to the Monarchs.
To celebrate Giving Tuesday, we're doing the same thing today: 25% of all in-store & online sales will go directly to the Monarchs. We're happy to say that they're back on the field, using baseball as a tool to teach, motivate, and inspire.
Another group that's always helping is the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, led by our friend Cheri Honkala. Each Christmas, we do our best to ensure that every child on their list gets a gift.
We're launching that list today as well. If you're interested in helping a child's Christmas wish come true, click here to find out how.
This is a great time of year for us. The store is busy, we get to interact with people who are in a good mood, and we get to see people's eyes light up when they spot a gift on our racks that reminds them of a parent, grandparent, or dear friend.
But it's also a time to remember the helpers, the people who don't stand down when the going gets rough...but strengthen their resolve and work even harder to help those in our community. For them, we'd like to do our small part this Giving Tuesday, and we thank you for helping us do so.
Johnny and Brian