Holland Recreation is looking for sports equipment donations

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Holland Recreation is now accepting donations of sports equipment. Then they’ll resell what comes in to give local families a great deal on expensive gear.

HOLLAND, Michigan — We hope to save you money on sports equipment for kids in this next 13 ON YOUR SIDE financial guide.

Holland Recreation is in the process of accepting donations of anything sports equipment families no longer need. Then they’ll resell what arrives to give local families a great deal on what can be quite expensive items.

“We try to make everything affordable and accessible to everyone in the city. We never want there to be a barrier to children’s participation in a program,” said Meagan Merdzinski, Recreation Program Coordinator for the City of Holland.

Donations are already being accepted for the Holland Recreation Youth Equipment Swap, and Merdzinksi says that with spring cleaning underway, “it’s a great time to start getting people to donate for us because you’re going to be cleaning up home, having that spring fever itch.

The program is a first for the city of Holland, which seeks to collect “little used material. It can be soccer cleats, sports shoes, baseball bats, sports balls — if it’s a soccer ball, football — all of that,” Merdzinksi said.

Then interested people can buy this equipment for a bargain.

“If they take five items, 10 items, it’s only $5 flat and it will go to our equipment scholarship fund so we can continue to help kids get involved in sports,” Merdzinksi said.

Equipment, if purchased new, can cost you a pretty penny. Using modest estimates, new kids’ cleats could cost you around $20, and new bats could cost you between $20 and $100.

Merdzinksi said: “Kids are constantly growing and so one season they can fit in a pair of shoes and the next season they don’t so it can add up. They are at the age where you want to try everything and we just don’t want there to be a barrier for that.

To really put your savings into perspective, for a new pair of cleats and a new baseball bat, you’d probably pay at least $40, if not a lot more.

So while gear from the Gear Exchange is used smoothly, you can walk away with multiple items for just $5.

Holland Recreation will be accepting these equipment donations through April 1 at multiple locations. Selection night is April 12.

For more information visit the Holland Recreation website.

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