Midland Little Leaguers Raise Money for Boston Family 4/23/13
CBS7 Sports Director
It started with a father and a son: 10-year-old Braden Jumper saw on TV what happened in Boston and immediately told his father, James, he wanted to do something.
“It was pretty devastating, pretty sad," Braden said. "I was wanting to help the families.”
“From there we presented it to the team and the parents," James said. "We got a group from there and the kids wanted to do something for Martin Richard.”
Martin Richard was the 8-year-old who lost his life in the bombings. His sister was also critically injured in the blast.
Braden's father, who is also his baseball coach, said he noticed the kids were able to comprehend the enormity of the attack through Martin’s death.
“I think the kids do understand, and they see what’s going on in the world," James said. "The most innocent people here are the kids.”
So the Mid City Little League Boston Red Sox came together to send money and love to the Richard family.
“Whatever they raise, the signs plus the game ball they will be sending to the Richard family,” said James.
“We’re saluting for the kid, Martin, the one that got killed by the bombs,” Red Sox outfielder Hunter Hughes said.
Cooper Millsap, whose family made one of signs, said, “We decided to make a poster and show a thank you to all the SWAT team and Police."
“I’m happy that I’m helping this family,” said pitcher Jake Chrane.
“We’re wanting to show Boston that Midland is Boston Strong,” James said.
The team is still taking donations. If you want to help, you can send your contribution to this address:
Swing for Midland
1408 W. Kansas
Midland, TX 79701