South Johnston High baseball team continues holiday tradition

From Staff ReportsDecember 23, 2013 

The South Johnston High School baseball program’s annual community service project netted 484 toys valued at more than $3,300 dollars for the U.S. Marine Reserve Toys for Tots program.

Members of the Trojan baseball teams sold raffle tickets for a $100 gift card to Walmart with all of the proceeds going to purchasing toys. Jerry Durham of Four Oaks won the gift card this season and continued the trend of winners donating the prize back to the program to buy more toys.

South’s Kevin Honeycutt (471 tickets) and Colby Jones (323) were the leading ticket sellers.

The baseball players purchased the toys themselves at the Smithfield Walmart on Dec. 14, then turned them over to Toys for Tots representatives led by retired Marine Calvin Spradlin for distribution to needy area children.

“It was a wonderful experience for everyone involved, and it was great to see our young people working so hard for a worthy cause with no thought of reward,” said South Johnston baseball coach and athletic director Keith Durham. “It is our hope that this project will help make the Holidays a little bit brighter for some children that might not have had much to look forward to on Christmas morning.

“One of our goals is to help our student-athletes see the community and world around them, and to help them to understand that they have a responsibility to be a positive force in the lives of other people.”

Over the past nine years, the South baseball program has raised more than $28,000 which it used to purchase more than 4,000 toys for Toys for Tots.

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