In it for the kids

While a drop-off point, the local company is also part of the efforts to restore what was lost following the senseless act of arson.

"We got involved because we sponsor the Mattydale-Hinsdale Little League teams," DiFlorio said. "We're donating our windows, insulation and door for the new facilities."

As the community is trying to help put the pieces back together, DiFlorio said ZeroDraft is simply trying to be a central location for donations. The business already has collected some funds. Every cent collected will go directly to the restoration effort.

"We truly do have an amazing community," Miller said. "The community has been so supportive of us through this difficult time. We have had people donating items, also we have had the Mattydale Vikings come to us and donate their bonfire [and] pep rally proceeds directly to us."

The little league also is having a fundraiser through Pizza Hut this month. Throughout the month of October, 20 percent of proceeds from orders placed on Mondays benefit the Mattydale-Hinsdale Little League.

"There is also a fundraiser coming up in November through AMF Bowling in Mattydale that will help us," Miller said.

Aside from ZeroDraft and the fundraisers in progress, the organization also has an account set up through M&T Bank. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can go there and tell them it's for Mattydale-Hinsdale Little League. Donations are also being accepted via snail mail at Mattydale-Hinsdale Little League, P.O. Box 382, Mattydale, NY 13211.

"The little league is so important because it is for the kids. Our kids are our future. Allowing them to have a place where they can come and play baseball/softball and be a kid is amazing. We love having a place for these kids to play," Miller said. "You often see kids walking the streets and getting into trouble, but when you have a place for them to go and keep their mind on positive things, it makes it all worth it."

With the motto, "We're in it for the kids," the little league organization is determined to get things back in working order.

"I would like to thank each and every one that has supported us through all of this. We are determined to get this little league back up and running," Miller said. "These kids are too important to us not to."

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