When Cass High School’s baseball program began its fundraiser, Chris Hill took selling fruit a step further.
The junior pitcher decided to sell donations through the fruit sale and give the boxes of oranges, tangelos and more to the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter. Just days before Thanksgiving, Hill and his family delivered the produce to the facility.
“Me and my dad were just sitting on the couch one day and I just brought it up, thought it was a good idea, so we did it,” Hill said.
Cass baseball coach Adam Williams said Hill’s initiative speaks to the 16-year-old’s character.
“I think the fact that he got out and tried to sell fruit to donate to a good cause tells you a little bit about how he is,” Williams said. “Kids like this you can count on. Chris as a sophomore was our closer; he came in in the late innings and got big outs when we needed them. I think this shows a little bit about trust and being able to trust him and give him the ball in crucial moments.”
Hill also spends time mentoring first-graders at White Elementary and has worked with the feeding program at Williams’ church.
“It feels great. I’m just thankful to do it,” Hill said.
Good Neighbor Executive Director Jessica Mitcham said the donation was a welcome one for her organization.
“We are thankful for the donation from coach Adam Williams and all the student athletes on the Cass High baseball team. Chris Hill, the team’s pitcher, showed tremendous leadership in helping sell fruit that they turned around and donated to the shelter,” she said. “The Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter relies heavily on our community to support it — through financial donations and also in-kind donations from food and clothing to furniture for guests when they exit the shelter.
“It is so encouraging to see youth like Chris involved in helping support others in their community. Our guests will really enjoy the fruit they have donated.”
With plans in the works, Williams said it is vital to involve players in community service projects.
“We want to be able to give back because this community is good [to] us,” he said.