Thursday, May 01, 2008

MISSION SOCCER BALL - Binghamton, New York

MISSION SOCCER BALL was headed by Jim Ehmke,News Director – CHANNEL 34 in Binghamton, NY
and Bob Giacalone (AKA Hockey Bob).
Their drive on April 24 & 25th brought in many soccer balls and equipment for the Iraqi children. See the amazing list below!

Soccer Balls – 391
Pennies – 251
Pumps – 17
Soccer Shoes – 14 pr
Shin Guards – 2 pr
Ankle Guards – 1 pr
Socks – 3 pr
Monetary Donations - $150.00

Many thanks to all who participated in Mission Soccer Ball! Your donations have been shipped in 20 boxes to American soldiers stationed in Iraq. They will be distributing all soccer donations to the Iraqi children for you.

A special thanks to Jim Ehmke, Channel 34 News Director, and his wonderful family, and to Bob & Marie Giacalone for their tremendous efforts. Bob has worked diligently throughout this drive and has promised another 350 soccer balls to be delivered directly to Eric’s Goal here in Baltimore, MD! Bob & Marie also helped to pack the boxes and write up customs forms. And Jim and his wife and son helped deflate the balls while his little daughter calmly watched everyone at their tasks, while seated in her stroller. Jim had everything set up for packing; a room, table, and even boxes.

Also a special thanks to Cookie Kopec, Shirley Crook and Jeanne Redifer who traveled to Binghamton, NY with me to pack up the donations, address them and write up custom forms for 20 boxes! Thanks to my husband Nick for taking the boxes to the post office on Monday and mailing them!

Our sincere thanks to Donna Lupardo, Binghamton Giant Market, Inc. in Johnson City and to Nancy Soderstrom for their monetary donations of $50.00 each which will help cover the fees for postage.

Three Cheers for this highly successful soccer ball drive in Binghamton, NY, and for the entire team for pulling it off successfully - and all for the Iraqi Children!

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