Donate new or used baseball equipment at Safeco Field

SEATTLE - At this time of the year, baseball and softball are games played by kids on summer break. But what about those who don't have baseballs, gloves or bats?

Saturday marks the 10th annual equipment drive for the Mariners, and fans are encouraged to bring new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to Safeco Field for donation to the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club of Seattle.

The effort is championed by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and Major League Baseball, who will also be presenting the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club a $5,000 cash grant in the name of Mariners' outfielder James Jones. The check will be presented by Jones during a pregame ceremony.

"It really goes a long way when you're talking about helping kids who don't have any baseball or softball equipment and they just want to play," Rebecca Hale with the Mariners said.

Volunteers will be outside Safeco Field where the Mariners take on the Cleveland Indians, and will be collecting equipment starting at 5 p.m. Cash contributions will also be accepted.