Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation Center in Idaho Springs held a “gear drive” on March 29, with a wide variety of sports equipment such as tennis rackets, baseball gloves and hockey equipment. The event allowed residents to make a $10 donation to the rec center's programs and events in exchange for their choice of items scattered on the tables and floor.

Newly hired youth athletic director, Cameron Person, organized the event in hopes of helping the community and providing resources for those in need. Person, a former college baseball player, felt that his job at the rec center allowed him to give back to children in the same way he wished he had when he was younger.

Many of the items available in the gear drive are donated to the holiday center or left at the end of the season. Local sporting goods stores also contributed by donating brand new equipment to the event. When residents entered the event, they were met with a variety of gear that was quickly snapped up by eager parents and children.

One resident, Joey Sullivan, went above and beyond by donating his $10 and allowing the next child to enter the event and take whatever they wanted for free. Sullivan's act of kindness served as a reminder of the importance of giving back to the community and helping those in need.

By Samantha Johnson

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