LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It's a week before the Miracle League of Arkansas kicks off its season, and there were dozens of baseball gloves found stolen from its storage unit in Little Rock. Now the push is on to get community help to replace those gloves.
For those who don't know, the Miracle League of Arkansas offers children with disabilities the chance to play ball, and THV 11 found out that these stolen gloves were going to a new program that is letting some of the kids field by themselves this season.
"I don't understand it; we've never had any trouble down here," said Peggy McCall, Executive Director of the Miracle League of Arkansas.
Just a week before the organization's season opener, McCall said that someone stole as many as 75 baseball gloves in a league storage unit, and the gloves were for a new Miracle League program.
"The kids that get to start using a glove and not have a buddy--it's a big deal, so we just need to get those things rounded up. We're playing Friday night next week," McCall said.
To round them up, McCall has put collections boxes for donated gloves at some area Starbucks. Customers at the Heights location Friday were heartbroken by the news.
"These kids have been looking forward to it all year long, so it is very heartbreaking to hear," said Kevan Beth Tucker said.
But, when we told Kevan Beth-Tucker what the league's doing now, she's looking to help.
"I have an older brother, we have Dad's, and even us as girls played catch growing up, so I think we should be able to scrounge up a few," Beth Tucker said.
"I know that the community is going to dust off that glove and toss it in that box at the Starbucks, and we're not going to miss a lick," McCall said.
McCall believes that the burglary happened sometime since early July. She's thinking someone may have climbed up a garage to the league's storage unit because there's recently been a top panel missing.
We reached out to a Little Rock police spokeswoman on Friday for comment, but she was not aware of this case yet.
If you are interested in donating gloves, you can drop them off at the Starbucks in the Heights in Little Rock along Kavanaugh Blvd. or at the Starbucks at the corner of Cantrell Road and Mississippi Street.