How To Donate To Little League Organizations Affected by Disaster

This past week, I received a great email from Bridget Holzwarth of Exeter West Greenwich Little League.  Her question, paraphrased, was I wanted to check in to see if there’s a way to collectively collect equipment across RI leagues to make a donation to Paradise CA Little League and/or those towns impacted by the fire?”  It reminded me of why I wanted to start the Rhode Island Baseball Experience – to connect a community of RI baseball players, communities, organizations, and to help share stories of the many positive messages not only about baseball, but the good people of Rhode Island.  The devastation caused by these raging and unpredictable California fires has hit home with me as well, as one of my best friends lives just about 40 miles from the worst of these fires in Southern California.

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I reached out to a very responsive member of Little League® International, Brian McClintock.  McClintock is the Senior Director of Communications and has been an incredible resource for me regarding the policies and procedures of Little League® International.  Here was Brian’s response when I asked him about the possibility of donations:

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“Little League International has a Disaster Relief Grant program, in which our regional offices work with leagues impacted by a natural disaster to help provide the funds that can get leagues back on their feet. With the devastation in California, our Regional staff based in San Bernardino, Calif., is working on communicating with the leagues in the areas of these terrible fires to understand how we can support them. We were able to support 23 leagues last year through this grant. If individuals would like to support that program, I would encourage them to visit our donation page on

On the form, they can indicate in the notes section that they’d like their donation to be contributed to the Disaster Relief Grant program.”

Brian also mentioned that if you have a personal connection to any player, coach, league, or organization, that you can elect to reach out to them directly to make your donation.  Thank you to all the parents, coaches, and leagues who have responded so far to step up and make a donation to help those affected by these California fires.


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The RIBBE is The Rhode Island Baseball Experience. It is promoting the game of baseball here in the great state of Rhode Island for the entire baseball world to see. The RIBBE is positive stories, photos, videos, and responsible social media posts. The RIBBE is an information resource for families looking for an AAU team or a summer camp or a great place to buy a first baseman’s mitt. The RIBBE is a network of coaches, tournament directors, parents, leagues, and baseball junkies whose passion of the game of baseball is unquestioned. I believe that providing expert analysis, information and directions to ballfields, and coaching advice from some of the top RI baseball minds will help promote the game of baseball here in RI to a whole new level.

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