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Local police officer collecting sports gear to help young athletes affected by Camp Fire

Idaho Falls

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A collection of sporting gear at the IFPD drop-off location. | Eric Grossarth,

IDAHO FALLS — An Idaho Falls Police officer and his son are collecting sporting goods to benefit young people affected by the Camp Fire burning in Paradise, California.

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Capt. Royce Clements told his son lives in nearby Chico and knows sports are a big part in the lives of middle and high school students in the area.

“We hope to put some normalcy back in their lives,” Clements said.

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Clements says there is a variety of ways to donate. Three collection nights are scheduled at Taylorview Middle School — 350 Castlerock Lane in Idaho Falls — from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 16, 20 and 27. He said they are collecting any gently used or new sporting equipment. Clements says items ranging from sports clothing to rackets and balls from any sport are being accepted.

Clements said if you don’t have physical items to donate, money is being accepted at ISU Credit Union under the Paradise Fund. Athletic directors in areas affected by the fire will use the donated money to buy new uniforms for youth athletes.

Donations will also be accepted at the Idaho Falls Police Department, 605 N. Capital Ave., and Teton Toyota, 2252 W. Sunnyside Road, during regular business hours.

Our attorneys tell us we need to put this disclaimer in stories involving fundraisers: does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries.