The Fraser Valley Baseball Academy has accepted the Hansen junior boys basketball team’s challenge and will be collecting items to donate this holiday season.

The Fraser Valley Baseball Academy has accepted the Hansen junior boys basketball team’s challenge and will be collecting items to donate this holiday season.

FVBA accepts Hansen challenge

Abbotsford baseball organization helping out during the holidays

The Fraser Valley Baseball Academy has accepted the Hansen challenge.

Last week, the Rick Hansen junior boys basketball team announced they will be sponsoring a local family through the Christmas Bureau and challenged other Abbotsford sports teams to do the same.

The FVBA wasted little time to respond, and will be collecting clothing, blankets, sports equipment and non-perishable food items every Monday until Christmas Eve. Those items will then be donated to the local Salvation Army.

Anyone wishing to donate those items can drop them off at the DeLair Park scorekeeper’s tower near the parking lot. Staff will be there to pick up items from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Monday.

Hot chocolate and candy canes will be provided to all those who donate.

The FVBA, just like the Hansen team, will also be sponsoring a local family through the Christmas Bureau. They also announced they will be involved in the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign, which kicks off on Friday night.

FVBA representatives said they read last week’s article about the Hansen challenge and were motivated to get involved in bettering the community.

The FVBA represents the Fraser Valley Cardinals bantam, senior and junior teams, the Yale Baseball Academy and the UFV Cascades junior and senior varsity teams.