From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Your "Hometown Spirit" Needed

Ballfield in Bassett, Nebraska



My hometown, Bassett, Nebraska, is trying to improve their ball fields. Currently, they can't hold games there because of the condition of the fields. Families and volunteers who participate in summer softball spend a great deal of time on the road because every game is out-of-town.

The Bassett Foundation has applied for a $15,000 grant from Hamburger Helper's "Hometown Helper" program to help finance some very basic improvements -- planting grass, installing sprinklers, improving the road to the fields, and constructing dugouts, concession stands, and restrooms,

If you'd like to help Bassett's chance of getting this grant, you can add a comment in support of their application. It's all right to comment, even if you don't live in the area. Hamburger Helper considers the "hometown spirit" of the comments along with the need that is described in the application.

A comment written by Bassett mom, Cindy Kroll, really struck home with me:

HI We could really use your help to fund our baseball field I have 2 youngsters who love to play in the summer and 2 older ones who would play for fun if the field was playable it has sandburrs and rocks and is not a fun field. We would appreciate your help. thank you


It's been a long time since I lived in the Sandhills, but I still remember what it's like to fall down in a sandbur patch. "Not a fun field," is surely an understatement.

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