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SYSA’s ‘Kickin’ Hunger Food Drive’ brings in tons for House of Charity
the Inland Register
(From the May 22, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)
Spokane Youth Sports Association’s recent food drive resulted in the largest single food donation ever given to the House of Charity. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)
On May 3, Spokane Youth Sports Association (SYSA) held its first annual Kickin’ Hunger Food Drive. The House of Charity, a program of Catholic Charities Spokane that feeds homeless persons and provides 108 men a night with a safe place to sleep, was the recipient of the generous donations.
Soccer players and their families dropped off non-perishable food items at one of four fields in the Spokane area. Some 5,000 pounds of food were later unloaded from the semi truck.
“We at the House of Charity are deeply grateful for the generosity of all those who contributed through SYSA,” said Mike Mc-Cain, Program Coordinator at the House of Charity. “This is by far the biggest donation of food we have ever received.”
Carlynn Schon, a Spokane Shadow Youth Soccer Club volunteer who helped receive the donations, said that the event was dreamed up by Ryan Spencer, SYSA’s Soccer coordinator, and area soccer club volunteers who decided they wanted to use the vehicle of soccer to promote community activism. They hope to make it an annual event.
Coach Naccarato’s Under 13 team brought in the most food, with 1,200 items, and will be treated to a pizza party and other gifts from community sponsors. Coach Cox’s Under 10 team received an honorable mention, with 668 items.