Updated: January 24, 2013 6:11AM
South-Southwest Suburban United Way, in partnership with the SouthtownStar, recently hosted its inaugural Healthy Kids Sporting Goods Drive.
All donations support United Way’s community-impact plan, Live United 2020, to ensure children and families across the Southland region have the education, income and health resources they need, said Yvonne Orr, chief professional officer for SSUW.
“We see this as a great way to promote healthy activities and encourage our communities to give back,” Orr said. “As part of our Live United 2020 strategy, it’s important we meet the needs of our region’s at-risk students and provide them with the necessary educational, income and health support.”
Dan Jones, of Oak Forest, initiated the event when he approached the SouthtownStar with several bags filled with used sporting equipment from his son’s baseball team that they no longer needed. The SouthtownStar then reached out to SSUW.
“I knew these donated items could go to good use in the community,” Jones said. “I’m happy to have made the connection with United Way and learn more about how I can get involved in my community in addition to supporting the sports drive.”
The drive directly aligns with Live United 2020, which invests in the building blocks to self-sufficiency, including education, income and health, Orr said.