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FARMINGTON — The Farmington fire and police departments are lending a hand to the community in a new way.

Both agencies, in support of hundreds of area children and adults and in support of their love for baseball, have teamed with The Daily Times in this year's annual Glove with Love campaign.

Glove with Love, created in 2006, has placed new or gently used baseball gloves in the hands of hundreds of children and adults who otherwise wouldn't have the resources to step out on a field.

"Farmington is a great baseball town and what better program could we be involved in to promote baseball and kids," Police Chief Kyle Westall said.

At Westall's suggestion, both Farmington Fire Chief Terry Page and Westall approached the program's founder, Daily Times Editor Troy Turner, and offered to help out.

"I hate to see someone miss an opportunity, whether for fun or whether for a different purpose to keep them from doing something destructive," Page said. "Why have them miss an opportunity because they didn't have the gear or because they couldn't afford to do it?"

"They are not cheap," Page said of the gloves. "We've all got extra gloves lying around and what do you do when the kids outgrow it?" Plus, Page added, Farmington is "fanatical" about baseball.

One of the main recipients of the program is the San Juan County Special Olympics, which gave the two agencies an added boost when they decided to partake in the glove handling.

"The Police Department and Fire Department have always been strong supporters of local Special Olympics," Page said.


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Both departments also are teaming with the Special Olympics organization and planning a charity softball game in April to benefit Glove with Love.

Details still are being worked out for the game at Ricketts Park, but likely will team up police officers and firefighters and even some Special Olympians.

Anyone interested in donating to the program can drop off gloves or other baseball equipment to the Police Department, any of the six Farmington fire station or at The Daily Times.

Gloves of all size, shape and even color, including pink gloves that flash when a ball is caught, are welcome.

For more information on the program visit www.daily-times.com.

Elizabeth Piazza:

epiazza@daily-times.com