PHILLIPS - Baseball season will finally start in the Northwoods with all the snow melted off the fields.
But in order to play baseball at any level, teams need money.
The youth softball and baseball teams in Phillips want peoples' old shoes to raise money for renovations to their baseball complex.
They're hoping to collect 100 bags of shoes.
Those shoes go to a company called Funds2Orgs in Florida, which pays 40 cents per pound.
If they get to their goal, it will raise roughly $1,000.
So far, people have donated more than 1,200 pairs of shoes.
"We've been doing a lot of fundraising for the baseball complex over the past couple years," organizer Angie Revak-Zajechowski said. "I thought we've been selling a lot of raffle tickets, doing a lot of things like that and I wanted to do something different. So I looked online and found a shoe drive. Who doesn't have a lot of shoes to get rid of?"
That money will go toward building a third field in the baseball complex and maintaining the existing fields, which have been there for decades.
Youth baseball and softball president Jodi Podmolik said getting those renovations done is vital to kids in Phillips.
"It will not just benefit players," Podmolik said. "We have more than 200 players in our small community. But it'll benefit the families and people coming to our area."
Boxes to drop off shoes are located in 18 different places around Phillips, which are listed below:
First National Bank, Time Federal Savings Bank, UW Extension, Studio 1, Sport Plus, 5 Senses, Slaby Deda Marshall Reinhard and Writz, Laundry Room, BW Paper Systems, United Methodist Church, Visions, Optimum Performance, Phillips Plating, Phillips Bus Garage, SaLona, Phillips Elementary School, Price Electric Cooperative and St. Therese Catholic Church.