Sports Equipment Drive for Haiti on June 11

Mayor Robert Dolan and the Melrose Recreation Department are working on a special project to collect sporting equipment, sporting apparel, school supplies, and financial assistance for the nation of Haiti. We will be holding the collection on Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. in front of the Milano Senior Center, 201 West Foster Street.

As many of you know, Haiti was hit very hard in January of 2010 by an earthquake which killed over 300,000 people and displaced close to one million others. Six years later, there are still scores of thousands of people living under tents in Port-au-Prince. Many public facilities and schools were also damaged and destroyed, leaving many without basic supplies, tools, and equipment.

Our goal with this drive is to collect new and used sporting equipment, sporting apparel, and school supplies so they can be shipped to several schools in Haiti. These supplies will give children and teenagers a chance to play their favorite sports, get their first team jersey, and have enough equipment to actually play a full game. Listed below is a non-exhaustive list of what we are looking to collect and send to Haiti. Last year, we were able to send 10 crates to Haiti filled with supplies!

Sports Materials for Both Sexes: boys/girls and men/women:
Soccer: soccer balls, jerseys, cleats, socks;
Volleyball: jerseys, balls, sneakers, socks;
Basketball: jerseys, balls, sneakers, socks;
Sports Miscellaneous: whistle, air pumps, coach/referee uniforms;
School Supplies: pencils, paper, folders, scissors, etc.
Financial Assistance: Checks may be made payable to “Fhylah, Inc. (Foundation to Help Youth of L’Asile) (tax deductible)

This drive will be staffed by community volunteers. With your help we hope to send a few truckloads of gear to Haiti to help change children’s lives through sports.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Melrose Recreation Department at 781-979-4179 or recreation@cityofmelrose.org.

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