+Swappow Plus foundation and firefighters collecting skateboards

 If you have an old skateboard laying around, there's someone that wants it.

Eight fire departments across the Valley will be collecting boards and safety gear to give to kids in need.

Used skateboards, that is what Avondale Firefighter Clint Dunning is asking for. He's giving them to kids in need.

"I'm super excited, I think this can take off, and I really feel it will," said Clint Dunning.

It all started with a domestic violence call he was on.

"10-year-old child was on the scene, I pulled him aside to get his mind off what was going on at the time, his parents kind of roughed each other up," said Dunning.

After talking about skateboard with him, he realized he could make boarding a healthy escape for children.

So he collaborated with Joe Dunnigan, the CEO of the 

+Swappow Plus Foundation, an internet-based non-profit with the same idea.

"I think without skateboarding, and without a positive activity kids get drawn into other negative activities," said Joe Dunnigan.

After collecting some shoes, knee-pads, helmets, and the skateboards, they start the refurbishing phase.

"Refurbish, rehabilitate it, and then finally the best part would be distributing it back out into the under served youth of Arizona," said Dunning.

Monday is day 1 of the 6-month initiative, they're in the collecting phase, and within hours they got their first donation.

"I have two skateboards, one is blue, and the other is Spiderman," said Nathan Miller.

Miller donated one of his two boards that was broken.

You can drop off boards and gear at several industrial shops and Valley fire departments.

"We've got 20 of the 50 boxes here, these will be dispersed throughout the valley, through eight different valley fire departments," said Dunning.

Their mission is to give away 10 million skateboards by 2018. 

For more information visit: http://www.sharetherides.org/
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