ST. LOUIS, Mo. (December 22, 2017) – St. Louis Scott Gallagher players, coaches, and staff came together to spread some holiday cheer to local St. Louis immigrant families in the latest Upper90 project. Thanks to the generous contributions of SLSG members, hundreds of presents and pieces of furniture were given to families without the resources to buy their own.
SLSG teams from both the boys and girls divisions came together to adopt five families as part of the Nahed Chapman New American Academy from Uganda, Ethiopia, Honduras, Cuba, and Nepal. Both divisions gathered on Monday night to wrap the toys, clothes, and supplies they purchased for the families and counted over 100 packages. Likewise, SLSG members donated appliances, beds, couches, and other pieces of furniture for the family from Uganda which had over 20 members living together with nothing but a card table and folding chairs. The Upper90 project was able to donate a new stove, refrigerator, television, couch, and beds for the family and delivered the items on Wednesday. The gratitude from the family was overwhelming with Gadi, one of the sons, translating for the rest of the family. “Thank you to everyone at SLSG who helped our family and made this Christmas special. We will never forget everything you have done for us.”
SLSG is so much more than a soccer club.” “I’m so proud of the many SLSG players that stepped up to help,” said Ken Godat, Director of Youth Development. “We had players selling hot cocoa, raking leaves and cutting wood to help pay for the gifts. Thank you to all SLSG members for the help on this special holiday outreach.
“Our relationship with Nahed Chapman New American Academy is such an impactful aspect for the adjustment of these new families in our country,” said Tim Kelly, Director of Goalkeeping. “Being a part of this project to help these families have a solid footing to begin their new life in a culture and country that is very different from what they are used to is very gratifying. When delivering the furniture and gifts, you just hope that it brings love and some comfort in a situation that can be very scary for the families. From all the smiles, hugs and tears shared by all over the last few days, I can only hope for the best future of our new neighbors. Thank you to all who helped, made donations, wrapped gifts, etc. You brought joy to families that I know appreciate all of you.”
Special recognition and thanks goes to: Carla & John Valenti, Damir Mujcinovic, Shannua Bradt, Ren Herzog, Chris Gomez, Matt Mueller, Ken Godat and Tim Kelly for their organization and contributions to the project.