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Several members of the Goffstown Babe Ruth Baseball receive a check for $20,014 from Youk’s Kids, an organization founded by former Red Sox player Kevin Youklis. The organization stepped in after the league lost all of its equipment in a fire that also destroyed its storage facility and batting cages on Aug. 4. Youklis joined in the presentation by phone. From left are Tina Cantu and Dave Blouin, co-vice presidents of Youk’s Kids; Kevin Baines, Goffstown Babe Ruth Baseball president; board members Tony Shaw and John Riehl; and player Will Boggs. (Kathy Remillard Photo)

Babe Ruth League gets donation from from former Red Sox star

Goffstown Babe Ruth Baseball received a $20,000 check from Youk’s Kids Tuesday, Nov. 13, with a special surprise to go with it – a phone call from its founder, former Boston Red Sox player Kevin Youklis.

After the organization’s vice presidents presented a check for $20,014 to board members, Youklis spoke with Goffstown Babe Ruth’s president, Kevin Baines.

“We are so happy to help you out, and we hope it impacts you greatly,” Youklis told Baines.

Baines thanked Youklis and said that knowing the players equipment was covered was a relief, and that the focus could be placed on replacing the building.

“When you lose your baseball equipment, the first thing you think about is the kids,” Baines said. “We’re eternally grateful.”

Baines did not know Youklis was planning to call.

“That was fantastic,” Baines said of being able to thank him personally.

Tina Cantu, a vice president of Youk’s Kids, contacted Baines through the Goffstown Fire Department within two days of a devastating fire in August that destroyed the barn at Allard Park, along with all of its equipment.

“It was the last thing I expected,” Baines recalled.

Cantu said the plight of Goffstown Babe Ruth was in line with what the organization is all about.

“His mission is to help children in need, and this fit his mission perfectly,” Cantu said.

As for replacing the building, Baines said the new one will have a much smaller footprint than the old one, which had enough space to hold a small team practice comfortably.

“We’ve collected enough funds to be able to get started,” Baines said of the 24-foot by 24-foot space. “We’ve kind of downsized our expectations.”

For now, water and electrical issues have been addressed, and concrete has been poured.

Baines said the next step will be to get pricing on lumber, and there are volunteers ready to hammer and nail when the time comes.

“We certainly have a workforce willing to put it up,” Baines said. Baines was impressed by the support of the community, including the amount of donations that came in from various organizations. “What we didn’t realize is the impact this building has on the community,” Baines said. “A lot of other organizations in town used it besides us, and when something like this happens, you realize what it meant to everybody.”

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