ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri Boys and Girls divisions continued their tradition of giving back to the community during the holiday season by donating, wrapping, and delivering gifts to 20 families in the Matthews Dickey and Nahed Chapman New American Academy programs.
The project started with SLSG players from 22 teams raising money for gifts by doing work around their local communities. The players were very creative and received donations by selling cookies and lemonade, raking leaves and shoveling snow, and even painting fingernails at the SLSG Turkey Bowl. The teams then came together on December 10thwith a gift-wrapping party as part of the SLSG Upper90 Holiday Adopt-A-Family project. Starting the week of December 17th, the teams then delivered the gifts to the families in need with six MO Boys teams delivering to six Matthews Dickey soccer program families. On December 18th, seven SLSG MO teams delivered gifts to seven Nahed Chapman New American Academy families from Afghanistan, Iraq, Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, Sudan, and Uganda. The final day on December 19thsaw seven more SLSG MO teams deliver gifts to seven Nahed Chapman New American Academy families to finish the project of giving to 20 families in need for the holidays.
“This was the fourth year of the project and thanks to Carla Valenti [SLSG Upper90 parent volunteer], it continues to get better and better,” said Ken Godat who oversees the SLSG Upper90 community program. “Amazing job by the players for getting out and earning funds for the gifts. Our players are very special, giving people.”