Freeport Area Youth Sports Association does more than just play ball.
Throughout the year, the group undertakes community service projects and has now committed to a new one.
On May 19, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the group is hosting a Grill Out for the community. This is a free event and open to the public.
"We invite the community to come out for some lunch and the kids can play in the park," said Coach Dan Curry.
The only request the group makes is for those who can afford to make donations to the needy at drop boxes at Freeport City Hall in the days prior to the event. These items will be bagged and distributed to those in need who attend the Grill Out.
Donation items might include fuel cards, hygiene products, shorts, T-shirts, flip flops, flashlights, batteries, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
"Our group does events throughout the year," Curry said. "We do things with the food pantry, the homeless alliance, and now a community Grill Out, collecting necessities."
Curry has been involved with FAYSA since 2015 and this is its first Grill Out.
"We're thinking of doing it twice a year," he said. "We didn't know how bad the homeless situation was until we got involved with the food pantry."
When the group discovered how many homeless people there are, they began collecting fuel cards.
"We will be cooking for anyone who comes," he said. "We are doing it as a community outreach. It's not advertised as a homeless event. We will be feeding anyone who volunteers or comes out."
He is expecting at least 200 people to show up.
Santa Rosa Beach Walmart is contributing to the event.
The Grill Out will be held May 19 at Freeport Community Center on Business 331. To help or for more information, call 405-5143.
"We believe there are more than 30 homeless and ones in need in the area that we are trying to help," said Curry. "We have five boxes of new T-shirts and some other items donated by Walmart to give out. Freeport City Hall has three boxes set up for collection and hopefully more donations will come."