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The group of volunteers posed for a picture (Credit: Kathleen Fordyce)

The group of volunteers posed for a picture after loading a DHL truck with boxes of baseball equipment that was collected and will be shipped to children in the Dominican Republic who often lack the necessary gear to play the sport they love. (Aug. 8, 2012)

Little leaguers send equipment to Dominican Republic

Baseball and softball players from the North Bellmore/North Merrick and Freeport little leagues and the Bellmore Blue Fire worked together with Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla and DHL Express shipping company to collect gently used baseball gear to send to kids in need who love baseball in the Dominican Republic.

Little leaguers load a DHL truck at Gunther
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Little leaguers load a DHL truck at Gunther Field in Bellmore Wednesday with hundreds of baseball equipment items including helmets, gloves, bats, baseballs and cleats that have been collected for donation to the children of the Dominican Republic for its little league programs. The equipment was donated by the North Bellmore/North Merrick, Bellmore Blue Fire and Freeport little leagues. A group effort between DHL Express, Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, and Long Island Ducks player Timo Perez helped make the donation possible. (Aug. 8, 2012)

A pile of hundreds of baseball equipment items,
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

A pile of hundreds of baseball equipment items, including helmets, gloves, bats, baseballs and cleats that have been collected for donation to the children of the Dominican Republic for its little league programs, is pictured at Gunther Field in North Bellmore. The equipment was donated by the North Bellmore/North Merrick, Bellmore Blue Fire and Freeport little leagues. A group effort between DHL Express, Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, and Long Island Ducks player Timo Perez helped make the donation possible. (Aug. 8, 2012)

Baseball and softball players from leagues in Bellmore,
(Credit: Kathleen Fordyce)

Baseball and softball players from leagues in Bellmore, North Bellmore, North Merrick and Freeport packed up baseball gear they collected to be sent to children's leagues in the Dominican Republic that often lack the necessary equipment. Among the items sent were balls, bats, gloves, helmets and cleats. (Aug. 8, 2012)

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Dillon Pekoff, 10, helped load boxes filled with
(Credit: Kathleen Fordyce)

Dillon Pekoff, 10, helped load boxes filled with baseball equipment into a waiting DHL truck on Wednesday, when baseball and softball teams helped pack up equipment they collected to be sent to children in the Dominican Republic. (Aug. 8, 2012)

The group of volunteers posed for a picture
(Credit: Kathleen Fordyce)

The group of volunteers posed for a picture after loading a DHL truck with boxes of baseball equipment that was collected and will be shipped to children in the Dominican Republic who often lack the necessary gear to play the sport they love. (Aug. 8, 2012)

Long Island Duck's and former New York Mets
(Credit: Kathleen Fordyce)

Long Island Duck's and former New York Mets player Timo Perez joined boys and girls who collected baseball gear for children in the Dominican Republic as they shipped off the goods. After loading the shipping truck, Perez signed hats and took pictures with the kids. (Aug. 8, 2012)

Baseball and softball players helped Hempstead Town Clerk
(Credit: Kathleen Fordyce)

Baseball and softball players helped Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla load a DHL truck with boxes of baseball equipment to be sent to children in need in the Dominican Republic. (Aug. 8, 2012)

Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, Long Island Ducks
(Credit: Kathleen Fordyce)

Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, Long Island Ducks and former Mets player Timo Perez, representatives from DHL and children from North Bellmore/North Merrick, Freeport and Bellmore Blue Fire baseball and softball leagues collected used baseball equipment to send to children in need in the Dominican Republic. They gathered Wednesday at Gunther Field to pack up and ship off the gear. (Aug. 8, 2012)

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