Facebook Friends Help Out After Thieves Steal Child's Baseball Equipment
Angie Kondell says she bought a home next to this baseball field so her son could play the game he loves every day, but recently, a couple of thieves took that from him.
"He's in his 4th year of baseball, and baseball really calms him down," said Kondell.
Kondell says baseball is the only outlet for her son Erik. She says he has special needs with behavioral issues.
"I noticed that my glove box was open, and the wet wipes were sitting on seat, and the visor was down... and I looked in the back seat and my son's baseball equipment was gone," said Kondell.
When Kondell woke up Friday morning, she realized thieves stole Erik's bat, gloves, helmet, baseball bag, and a prized game ball from her car.
"A part of him is gone. Baseball meant so much to him and it still does, but that equipment means so much to him and now... somebody took it!" said Kondell.
The story does have a happy ending. Kondell put a post on Facebook and her neighbors immediately donated equipment for Erik.
"It feels great, like real great! I feel very happy now," said Erik Gonzalez.
Erik played a pick-up game with friends from his neighborhood on Sunday. He used his new gloves, bat and balls donated from a Milwaukee man. Both Erik and his mother thank Robert, who donated the equipment.
"So many people stepped up to help and donate things to my baby, and I'm so grateful," said Kondell.
"He's so kind because it's new, and also I got this glove. This glove, it perfectly fits me," said Gonzalez.
Kondell says she reported the theft to the police, but hasn't yet heard from them.