SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – One local college baseball team is giving back to people in need for the holiday season.

American International College’s Men’s Baseball team taking part in its annual “Home Run for the Hungry” canned food drive. The student athletes delivering hundreds of pounds of food to local organizations, including Square One.

Brady Cristoforo, an AIC student, told 22News, “To be able to see the faces when we got in here, and just how happy everyone was, that meant a lot.”

“Folks that are interested in engaging with us and being generous with their time,” said Dawn Distefano, President and CEO of Square One. “Gathering up items that are families need represents what are community should be and is on a daily basis.”

The student-athletes begin the food collection in early December with special fundraising efforts on the AIC campus. They also donated to Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry this evening.