Taking note of the obsolete sports equipment that was piling up in the garage of his family’s Windsor Square home, St. Brendan fifth grader Hunter Campen had an idea. “There must be kids somewhere who could take advantage of this stuff we outgrow,” he told his Dad, Chase.
“The conversation quickly grew from that to the amount of items that must be sitting in the garages of our entire neighborhood, and shifted from having a trunkload of items to a truckload,” recalled Chase.
The pair got the word out via a flyer, and on a rainy Saturday morning in January, Hunter greeted families at St. Brendan’s as they dropped off everything from baseball bats and lacrosse sticks to cleats, balls, hula hoop, athletic shoes and even a trampoline.
The Salvation Army provided a truck to collect the equipment which was later distributed to the Siemon Family & Youth Community Center in South L.A.
“We are very fortunate to have the things that we have, and I was glad to help other kids who can really use these items,” said Hunter. “It’s important to help other people because it shows that you care, and they know that someone out there is thinking about them.”