When Ogdensburg Neighborhood Center Director Patti Conger received a phone call from OFA Baseball Coach Tom Pinkerton about his program making a donation to the center, she was pleased and a bit surprised.
It was great that they wanted to help but I was surprised because it was basketball season, said Mrs. Conger with a smile.
Coach Pinkerton led the Blue Devils to the New York State Class B Final Four in the spring and approaches the task of making it an annual trip as a year-round job.
Along with his duties toward helping his student-athletes develop into outstanding young men.
The community has always been very good to us whenever we ask for donations so it is important for the guys to give back, said Pinkerton who is an elementary school teacher at Kennedy School.
We always volunteer for things like working at Expo but I thought it would be great to help out the neighborhood center and the Salvation Army during the holidays.
To aid the neighbor center members of the OFA varsity and junior varsity baseball teams collected personal outings like soap, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, tooth paste, shaving cream, lotions and chapstick.
On Monday, Blue Devil players and coaches will man the bells for the Salvation Army from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kinney Drug Store.
When we talked about doing this the guys were really excited about doing it as a team, said Pinkerton when he brought the Blue Devils donation to the neighborhood center on Friday.
At the Neighborhood Center Patti Conger was very enthused about the donation.
Our center here in Ogdensburg is so lucky. So many community groups raise money and collect donations for us and when we need something someone always step forward for us, she said.
We get donations of food all of the time but we dont get a lot of personal items. So this donation is especially nice.
Pinkerton promised that the donation wont be last from OFA Baseball.
If you need any more, you just call me and we will get more things together for you, said Pinkerton as he left the neighborhood center office.
NOTE: Anyone interested in making a donation of money, food, or personal items to the Ogdensburg Neighborhood Center, which is located in the basement of City Hall, should call 393-5561.