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SHARING GEAR Jared Orkin, a senior at The Kinkaid School, created a nonprofit to collect and distribute sports equipment to kids in need.
After playing several sports, I wondered what it was like for kids who did not have the necessary equipment to participate in athletics. Fortunately, I kept the equipment I used over many years and stored it in my parents’ garage. This became the foundation for Jared’s Locker.
Jared’s Locker, LLC. is a non-profit company formed to collect, store and distribute new or gently used sports equipment to those who cannot afford it, providing opportunities for kids to achieve their potential. My earlier efforts produced 25 items, not as many as I anticipated. I had to think bigger. I approached The Houstonian Club with the idea for Jared’s Locker and asked The Houstonian to form a partnership and help me take this idea to the next level. This partnership was overwhelmingly successful, and we collected over 550 items in just the last two weeks of August 2019.
The collected equipment was donated to Child Advocates, Children’s Assessment Center, Boys and Girls Country and The First Tee. Child Advocates helps abused or neglected children who have been placed in foster care. The Children’s Assessment Center provides a safe environment for sexually abused children and their families. Boys and Girls Country is a home for children in crisis. Their mission is to raise the children to become self-sustaining and contributing adults. The First Tee is an international youth organization that provides learning facilities and educational programs that build character and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
By distributing equipment to those less fortunate, Jared’s Locker is helping children of all ages make the most of their childhood and set them on the right track for a happy and fulfilling life. Thank you very much to those who have helped Jared’s Locker keep the ball rolling!
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