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Balls donated to Nashua PAL will help kids to ‘have a ball’

By Chris Graham | May 20, 2018

“BE a good sport and team player, BE dedicated and hard working, BE safe and healthy, BE excellent by giving your best, BE persistent-keep trying, BE grateful to God for your gifts, BE positive that you are a winner, BE proud and humble, BE sure to have fun.” While unable to attribute the quote, ‘Sports BE-Attitudes,’ to an author, its message speaks to players of all ages engaged in team sports. The Mailbag addresses a need for balls for various sports at Youth Safe Haven.

‘Make a basket, clear the net, make a goal’… balls needed to score

The Nashua Police Athletic League (PAL) Youth Safe Haven Community Center on Ash Street is a special place where supervising Nashua Police Officers, PAL staff, and volunteers are dedicated to helping guide young people with life skills and opportunities to give them a better chance at a successful life while engaging in activities that inspire creativity, as well as participating in a variety of indoor and outdoor sports. “The Nashua PAL Community Center is in need of donations of balls appropriate for sports played by youth participating in the Youth Safe Haven programs,” said Jenn B. of Nashua, programming assistant at the Nashua PAL Center (LTR 3,324). “Donations of basketballs, volleyballs, footballs, soccer balls, dodgeballs and balls used for four-square, a popular game, would be greatly appreciated. Collection hours at the Nashua PAL Center are Monday-Thursday, 2-6 p.m.; Friday, 2-5 p.m. Thank you.” Nashua PAL was founded in 1989 with the mission to create a positive attitude between the children of Nashua and the members of the Nashua Police Department through sponsored sports, activities, and enrichment programs, providing them at no cost. The programs give kids, especially those from high-risk neighborhoods opportunities they might not otherwise have, which works well for everyone in the community. With spring cleaning of basements, garages, and sheds on folks’ agendas, the probability of unused sports equipment, specifically balls, turning up becomes likely, and turning them over to Nashua PAL is a likely avenue for recycling. Jenn can be reached at 594-3733 to make arrangements to drop off the balls. Great people helping others, help if you can.

Tub of ‘treasures’, you choose ….

“It’s the glory of the hunt, you never know what you’re going to find,” said Bert the Picker of Nashua (LTR 1,775), who invites interested parties to pick through a large gray ‘tub of treasures’ to see what they can use. “I’ve done something similar before and several people had a lot of fun looking at assorted items that came out of a house I cleaned out. The current tub contains glassware, ceramic pieces, and more.” Give Bert a call at 883-0990. Leave a message and he will get back to you (please speak clearly and include a phone number). Whatever you find is yours to keep!

Contact Chris’ Mailbag by emailing christine.graham33@gmail.com or sending mail to Chris’ Mailbag c/o The Telegraph, 110 Main St., Suite 1, Nashua 03060. Include full name and complete address, along with telephone number or email address for publication, if applicable. Items eligible for publication are for donation, trade or barter only; requests of items for sale or purchase will not be included.


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