HARKER HEIGHTS (January 26, 2012) - The City of Harker Heights is offering a cheaper alternative to buying sports equipment for children.
It's called the City of Harker Heights Equipment Exchange Program.
On Saturday, the program kicked off at the Prospector Self Storage.
Local residents were asked to donate gently-used and/or new sports equipment.
Mellisa Brown and her husband came up with idea and they presented it to Harker Heights Parks and Recreation.
City leaders jumped right on board.
"My husband and I enrolled both of our children in Harker Heights sports so we know how the cost of enrollment can add up very quickly," said Mellisa.
Children tend to outgrow equipment before it loses its value, so Mellisa thought instead of throwing out the item or just handing it over to a friend, why not donate it towards a program that would help young athletes who can't afford supplies.
"We both came from backgrounds where families didn't have a lot of money so we didn't get the opportunity to play a lot of sports," said Mellisa. "We see how it benefits our children emotionally and with their health and we wanted other kids to have the same experience."
C.H.H.E.E.P. is a community donated program run by volunteers.
There will be donation bins set up at the Prospector Self Storage and at the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation facility.
If the C.H.H.E.E.P. program is successful, the city plans to expand it to the surrounding areas, according to Mellisa.
Families will have the chance to get soccer equipment for their kids on a first-come-first-serve basis at the Prospector Self Storage facility on February 16th, from 10 a.m. to noon in Harker Heights.
For more information on the C.H.H.E.E.P program call 254-953-5657