Familiar baseball names, Dean Schuler and Tim Martin, have joined forces with a local businessman, Dan Cassidy, for a toy drive benefiting children in the community.
They are using their new baseball building located at 915 Washington Boulevard North, West Portsmouth, to not only teach area kids pitching and hitting but also the meaning of being part of a team on and off the field and how to help each other.
“We have a facility, providing lessons, but what it comes down to is helping kids,” Schuler said. “The way I look at it, people have helped me, and in turn we help the kids. If you can put a smile on a kid’s face it doesn’t match money.”
Schuler says the kids that they instruct in their baseball lessons, along with their parents, have bought into the idea of a Toy Drive for Christmas.
“We are teaching more than baseball,” he said. “We are teaching these kids how to give, which is what it is all about.”
He went on to say, “God gave us the ability to teach baseball and help kids. I tell kids, people can not take away good grades, which are the way to your future.”
“We are going to try our best to make sure every kid gets a toy this Christmas,” Martin said.
Martin recalled his experience doing toy drives during his coaching years at Minford and how it benefited the community and his baseball team. The athletes would collect donations, wrap the gifts, and present them to the chosen families.
“Every kid needs a toy for Christmas,” Martin shared. With the help of the community through donations of new unwrapped toys through Dec. 21 Schuler, Martin and Cassidy hope to help more than 250 children. Donations will be accepted Monday through Thursday, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday mornings, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through Dec. 21 at the Baseball Building, 915 Washington Boulevard North, West Portsmouth, Ohio.