See Video of Sox Players helping Salvation Army at link below
West Monroe is a community built on helping your fellow man. Supporting one another through the holiday season and year around.
It is that sense of community spirit and giving that the West Monroe Sox youth baseball program is excercising this month.
Sox coach Trey Long is help lead the seven Sox teams in lending a helping hand and making a positive impact around town.
“We wanted to go back to our roots,” Long said. “We want to show the kids that it is not all about baseball. We want them to learn life lessons and be a part of the community. We want them to learn that It is not always about you. You need to be out in the community helping out.”
The team recently held a sock drive and donated pairs of sox to Grace Place thrift store. This Saturday, each team will take a shift ringing the bell outside Hobby Lobby on Blanchard Street in West Monroe raising money for the Salvation Army.
In addition, the Sox will be raising money to help a local family in need during the holidays.
“That is the biggest thing this year,” Long said. “It is where the kids are not just getting their parents to do it, or just watching others. They are getting out and participating. The kids are out there doing it. It was very important to us to give back to a community that does a great job supporting us and all the baseball programs around here. Sometimes you can take it for granted.”
Long said these lessons of helping out in the local community is a lesson he hopes continues to stick with the players for years to come.
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