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Princeton Rays help out at Grant's to support local food pantry

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 Friday the Princeton Rays took some time away from the diamond to help out in their community and meet some fans.

"We're having a great time here at Grant's, we're having a food drive, accepting donations for charity," said pitcher Greg Maisto.

From bagging groceries and collecting canned food items to helping customers and meeting their fans the players stayed busy. But for them, it was a way to give back.

"It's great," catcher Blake Grant-Parks added, "it's always great to meet the people that support us everyday."

Teams of three players teamed up at different Grant's Locations Thursday and Friday for the third year helping gather food to donate to charity.  

The food goes to Tender Mercies food pantry in Princeton. Rays General Manager Jim Holland says that they continue to do the community service because of success in previous years.

"In each of the last two years they've reported that as a result of our efforts it was the single largest donation of the year."

But who said doing good couldn't be fun?

"Just having a good time with the employees and the locals, getting to know some people all for a good cause," said Rays pitcher Tomas Michelson.