The story in Thursday's edition, "A Man and His Glove," apparently touched many hearts.

Interest in the story ranged from the governor's office to the front office of the Dodgers baseball organization.

The story told of a glove professionally endorsed in the 1950s by former minor league baseball player Bob Bundy, how that glove was donated to the "Glove with Love" drive to help needy children, and how daughter Jayni Bundy wanted so badly to get the glove for her father to see.

He never had for himself one of the rare gloves with his name printed on it.

Here's the update:

  • The glove safely arrived in California on Thursday morning and into the possession of Jayni Bundy, who called it the best material Christmas present anyone had ever given her. She said she may never take the smile off her face. They plan to display the glove and a poster remake of Thursday's front page at the funeral.

  • It's a small world. Reading the article here in Farmington was Robert Ashton, who, as it turns out, went to school and worked alongside Jayni in southern California when the two were teenagers.

    "I had no idea," Robert said. "I had heard that Jayni's father died, but I had no idea about his connection to baseball until I read your article on the front page Thursday. We worked together as teenagers at the Tasty Freeze ice cream shop," he said.

    Robert's son also played a bit of pro baseball, and they plan to gather several gloves and bring them to our office to donate to the "Glove with Love" drive for local children.

  • Jayni was so moved by the idea of helping children, and by her father's unknown and indirect role in helping children in the Four Corners region, that in the family's obituary announcements they are saying:

    "In lieu of flowers, please donate a baseball glove to the Glove with Love drive."

    They are asking friends and family to bring gloves to the funeral Saturday morning.

    I suggested she could donate them to children in her area, but she insisted these would have another destination.

    "You may be getting a lot of gloves coming your way," she said.

    They plan to box and ship all donations to Farmington, and the family promises to help when Glove with Love is fully organized as a

    nonprofit so that the idea can be incorporated into cities like Los Angeles. Volunteers in other cities such as Kansas City, Denver and Albuquerque also have expressed interest in the program.

  • Just for fun and in the spirit of their dad's passion for baseball and for life, Cracker Jacks will be served at the funeral.

    Troy Turner is the editor of The Daily Times. He can be contacted at P.O. Box 450, Farmington, N.M. 87401; or at tturner@daily-times.com.