Armed with nothing more than a ridiculous musical Christmas hat and mediocre singing voices, Jack Reed and Garrett Rivas set out to show their holiday spirit and do good.
A couple of big baseball fans, Charlotte Wood Middle School seventh graders hatched a plan to buy baseball equipment for homeless children at Raphael House Shelter in San Francisco and the Boys and Girls Club of Richmond.
Jack and Garrett went door to door in Danville, singing Christmas carols and dancing to raise funds for bats, balls and gloves. Although neither boy is musically inclined, Jack's mother Kellee said their show was "one of earnestness and enthusiasm."
"Jack would come home with a tupperware full of smashed dollar bills and an exhausted but happy grin on his face," Reed said. "Several lovely families even wrote the boys $50 checks. It was really quite amazing."
The 13-year-olds raised over $650 to fund their venture and with a 10 percent discount from Big 5 Sporting Goods, "we got everything a baseball team could need," Garrett said.
"The best part was getting to deliver the equipment to the homeless shelter and tour where these kids live," said Jack. "At the Boys and Girls Club, we met foster kids who were so excited to see us. The staff there has invited us to help with their 'pitch, hit and run' event. We will be much better at that than singing!"