When the East Marietta Spikes 10U travel baseball team learned that MUST Ministries was in need of coats during the cold, winter months, they stepped up to the plate­.

Since Dec. 16, the team has rallied together with community partners to collect nearly 90 new and gently used coats for children and adults, in addition to collecting almost 40 new blankets. All items are being donated to MUST Ministries, which shared a message on its social media channels in late December asking the community for help. “We have an urgent need for winter coats! Our normal coat drive was unable to happen this year and it has led us to being unable to meet the need,” the post stated.

East Marietta Baseball Team Collects Jackets and Blankets for MUST Ministries 1

On Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, East Marietta Spikes 10U Head Coach Fred Pearse and members of the team dropped off more than 125 jackets and blankets at the MUST Ministries Donation Center in Marietta.

East Marietta Spikes 10U team members have set up collection boxes for coats and blankets at the following locations:

The collection boxes will remain in place through most of January 2021 and items can be donated during regular business hours.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our East Marietta Spikes to support those in need in our community during a year that’s been quite difficult for so many people, as well as show these young men what it means to give back to others,” said Fred Pearse, East Marietta Spikes 10U Head Coach. “We encourage those in our area to dig through your closets, or even visit your local store, and please give back to this great need.”

To set up a collection box at your business, email the East Marietta Spikes at info@emspikesbaseball.com.