The Owens Community College Express men’s baseball team was providing a helping hand to those in need during this Thanksgiving holiday season as 29 student-athletes and coaches planned to volunteer their time at the Toledo Seagate Food Bank on Saturday, Nov. 22.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the baseball team was to be sorting thousands of recently donated food items from the Toledo Seagate Food Bank’s annual holiday donation drive titled “Stuff the Truck”. In addition to sorting the collected items, Owens’ student-athletes and coaches were to be packing the various donations for eventual delivery to needy families and individuals throughout Northwest Ohio.
“There many people throughout Northwest Ohio who are without food on a daily basis,” said Bob Schultz, Owens Head Coach of the Men’s Baseball Program. “The Owens Community College Express baseball team is proud to once again help the Toledo Seagate Food Bank in their efforts to fight hunger and make a difference in the lives of those in need.”
The Owens men’s baseball program finished the 2008 season with a 31-6-1 overall record and captured its seventh Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (14-2 record) title in the program’s history. The conference championship is the fourth in the last five years. Owens Express men’s baseball, which was ranked No. 9 in the final NJCAA Division II poll, lost to Lakeland Community College in the NJCAA Region XII Championships. The baseball team will be volunteering at the Toledo Seagate Food Bank until 11 a.m.
Individuals interested in donating to the “Stuff the Truck” holiday collection drive this weekend can drop off their items at the Toledo Seagate Food Bank, which is located at 526 High St. in Toledo. Items being collected include canned meats, grocery/food items, chilled and frozen foods, canned/frozen/bottled beverages, detergents, and paper goods, among other donations. For more information about the “Stuff the Truck” holiday collection drive, call (419) 244-6996.