Citizen wants to collect sports equipment to be given to children in North County

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NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A local man has a unique plan to give back this holiday season.

Matt Wyatt’s idea is pretty simple. He is asking the community to help him collect new sports equipment that he can donate to police stations for officers to pass out to kids.

North County Cooperative Captain Clay Farmer thinks that this is a great idea.

He said they see a lot of kids playing with old basketballs and footballs and would love to be able to give them something new and spend time playing those sports.

Farmer said recently police departments have been working hard to build strong relations with the community, so it is great to see citizens wanting to help.

"We always say it takes a village to raise a child and it takes all of us to move forward and bridge that gap so when citizens come out and do things like this it is heartwarming we know we are making progress," said Farmer.

Wyatt is asking for businesses to contact him to become drop off points for equipment and he will give them a flyer that says "Ballin for the Kids."  Wyatt will collect all of the equipment on December 12th.

The North County Cooperative which operates out of the Vinita Park Police Department is one local drop off sites.