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Feelgood Friday by Mike Trout

miketroutIn the small town of Millville New Jersey, a few days before Christmas, the DeSimone family experienced a tragedy. Their New Jersey home was consumed by a house fire. While no one in the family was hurt, the house was a complete lost due to smoke and water damage.

They did not just loose their home, but all their Christmas presents for themselves and their two children as well. By the time Barbara DeSimone had arrived at their local school to pick up her two children later that day, a fundraiser had already been started to help the family rebuild. The DeSimone’s needed their little community and their little community responded.

But, their little community was also the childhood home of one big star athlete, Mike Trout. It would have been nice if Mike Trout would have called them, or recorded a video for the family to boost their spirits in their time of tragedy, but, he paid the family a visit. Not just on any day of the year, but on Christmas Eve.

“Your house burns down,” said Barbara Desimone. “You don’t have anything for Christmas and all these people are giving, giving, giving. Then bam! Mike Trout comes. It’s like Santa Claus arrived.”
Trout came bearing gifts for the children and Barbara says he provided comfort in their time of need.

“Especially, you know, you see how a lot of stars are in this day and age; they don’t remember where they came from,” said Tony Desimone. “But Mike, he’s a true ambassador of Major League Baseball. He remembers where he came from and he really helps the people in this area.”

Jul 15, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; American League outfielder Mike Trout (27) of the Los Angeles Angels holds up the MVP trophy after after the 2014 MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

American League outfielder Mike Trout (27) of the Los Angeles Angels holds up the MVP trophy after after the 2014 MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

This is not the first time Trout has shown support for people near his hometown. In August, he met a young boy from Millville who had recently undergone a life-changing eye surgery. He loves and cares for his community, and they show him love right back. A large group of residents from the area traveled to cheer him on in 2014. And, in 2013 Millville High named their baseball field after him.

The DeSimone family still has a long way to go before things are back to normal, but they do plan on rebuilding their home in the the small loving community of Millville. Where it does not matter if you are a local resident who works a regular job, or a famous baseball player with two consecutive All-Star MVP’s, you take care of your own and share the love with the less fortunate. I am sure it did not take them long to decide to rebuild in Millville, and rout for the Aneheim Angels.

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