Baseball team holds food drive for Lent

Posted 3/26/19

The Madisonville Mustangs baseball team began district play this week but are also making an impact off the diamond with their “40 Cans for 40 Days” food drive during the Lenten season.

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Baseball team holds food drive for Lent

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The Madisonville Mustangs baseball team began district play this week but are also making an impact off the diamond with their “40 Cans for 40 Days” food drive during the Lenten season.

Coach Adam Borgfeld, who ran a similar food drive for seven years while coaching at La Vernia ISD, jumpstarted the project during his first season at the helm in Madisonville.

“It was just something we did as a community,” said Borgfeld. “I felt like we should implement it here with our kids to help out our community as much as we can during this time of Lent.”

Borgfeld is asking that each player or family donate 40 canned goods or any non-perishable product. All of the acquired food will be donated to the Son-Shine Outreach Center on May Street in Madisonville.

“We are looking for as much of an array of items to donate as possible,” said Borgfeld. “After the holiday season and all of the donations through Thanksgiving and Christmas, those pantries usually run pretty low. We want to try and help replenish them as much as we can by doing our part.”

Many of the parents associated with the program have gone above and beyond to spread the word of the food drive throughout the community. The Madisonville Elementary School has also started collecting canned goods to contribute to the cause.

“I think this kind of community bonding can help bring everyone together as one,” said Borgfeld. “When you can do that, you can have a successful, all-around program.”

Mustang baseball players have embraced the project and are eager to help out in the community in any way they can.

“It brings the team together,” said Brandon Larson, a senior member of the Madisonville baseball team. “It is a lot like teamwork but we are also helping out. We would want others to help us out if we were in need. It means a lot to me and I am sure it means a lot to everybody else.”

“Most of us are pretty fortunate to be out here playing baseball and a lot of people do not have that opportunity,” said Max Allen, another senior leader for the Mustangs. “Whatever we can do to share with everybody is what we need to do.”

The suggested items listed for the program include canned meats (Spam, chicken and tuna), dried beans and peas, peanut butter, canned vegetables, coffee and tea. All non-perishable are encouraged for donation.

“I want people to understand that these young men need to help the community out at all times,” said Borgfeld. “If we can help instill a little bit of this into them now, hopefully they will continue to keep that same mentality as they get older.”

For further information on the project or to make a donation, contact Coach Adam Borgfeld at aborgfeld@madisonvillecisd.org.

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