Just before the holidays arrived, members of the East Islip High School varsity softball team took time out to shop for 20 children currently living in a shelter.
The players met up at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, armed with “Dear Santa” lists from the kids. Each girl partnered up with a teammate and spent three hours shopping for the toys, purchasing $2,000 worth of presents. A few days after the shopping trip, the softball squad wrapped all the presents at the high school before an open gym workout.
This wasn’t the team’s only charitable endeavor this season. On Dec. 16, the players spent a night volunteering at Sayville High School, helping the homeless who were attending the annual “Every Child’s Dream” event.