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Soccer mom rounds up gear

Soccer Mom Debbie Winsett gazes at the boxes holding her son’s old but usable soccer gear.
“What do you do with perfectly good cleats that he outgrew?” Winsett asked.
And there’s tons of soccer gear gathering dust in garages up and down the Valley, she said.
Now Winsett is putting out collection barrels at AYSO soccer games in Visalia, Odyssey South soccer games in Visalia, the Pro Soccer store at Willow and Herndon in Fresno and a handful of schools in Visalia.
She’s sending home flyers with soccer players that explain how to participate in the program.
“I want this to go to the soccer families that need it,” Winsett said. “I don’t know anybody else who is doing this.”
She and fellow volunteers are collecting the gear and sorting it. In spring or summer of 2013, they’ll have a distribution day.
“Those who donate can pick for free,” Winsett said.
Donors must include their names and contact information to be notified when the distribution will take place. The date has yet to be determined.
“If you didn’t donate or didn’t register, we’ll sell if for $3 to $5,” she said.