URGENT: Help for JC Fire Victims

Photo:  Joe Shine, Jersey Journal

April 12th Collection Update:  Because of the incredible and generous response from the community, the Mayor’s Office has stopped collecting clothing and items for the 4/8 fire victims.  They now ask that donation efforts  be concentrated upon gift cards for the children impacted by the fire.   Gift cards to retailers like Target, Toys R Us, or ShopRite can still be dropped off to Coach Alex Lalaoui at 180 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ (across from the Newport Mall) at the hours noted below.  

On Sunday, April 9th, a fast-moving fire roared through a block on Claremont Avenue in Jersey City.  By the end of the day, ten homes were destroyed and 52 people, including 25 children, had lost everything.

The Jersey City Mayor’s Office, the U.S. Soccer Heroes and The Soccer Learning Center are all coordinating efforts to help collect donations for the 25 children that have been impacted by this fire.  The children, ranging in age from infants to teenagers, need clothing, school supplies, new toys and more.  We will be collecting these items during the entire week of April 9th at our soccer academy site located at 180 9th Street in downtown Jersey City (across from the Newport Mall).  Donations will be delivered to the Mayor’s Office at City Hall where officials will coordinate the distribution to the families in need.

Donations of children’s clothes, shoes, school supplies, and new toys will be collected at these times:

Monday 4/9:  6pm to 10pm

Tuesday 4/10: 3pm to 6pm

Thursday 4/12:  3pm to 6pm/8pm to 11pm

Saturday 4/14:  9am to 2pm

Sunday 4/15: 9am to 1pm

Please look for the donation boxes in front of the gym vestibule. We are currently seeking these clothing items in the following sizes (this list will be updated as we get more donation requests from impacted families – thank you to the Jersey City Mayor’s Action Bureau for coordinating this effort and supplying us with the following information):

GIRL'S CLOTHING LIST
AS OF APRIL 11, 2012
AGE OF GIRLSHIRT SIZEPANT SIZESHOE SIZE
4 5T5T11 CHILD
5 7 GIRL'SN/A12 CHILD
8 10/11 GIRL'S12 GIRL'S1 CHILD
9 12 GIRL'S12 GIRLS4 1/2 GIRL'S
1016 GIRLS14 GIRLS4 WOMAN'S
11SMALL WOMAN'S7/8 WOMAN'S8 ADULT
124 JUNIOR'SN/AN/A
13SMALL WOMAN'S3 WOMAN'S7 1/2 WOMAN'S
13SMALL WOMAN'S2 WOMAN'S8 WOMAN'S
16SIZE 8 WOMAN'S8 WOMAN'S8 WOMAN'S
16SMALL WOMAN'S5 WOMAN'S6 ADULT
LIST OF BOY'S CLOTHING
AS OF APRIL 11, 2012
AGE OF BOYSHIRT SIZEPANT SIZESHOE SIZE
12T2T5 BOY'S
35T5T10 BOY'S
48 BOY'S10 BOY'S7 BOY'S
44 BOY'S4 BOY'S10 BOY'S
610 BOY'S8 BOY'S1 1/2 BOY'S
98 BOY'SN/AN/A
912 BOY'SN/A3 1/2 BOY'S
1114 BOY'S14 BOY'S6 BOY'S
1218 BOY'S18 BOY'S7 ADULT
14MEDIUM MEN'S32W X 34L7 ADULT
15SMALL MEN'S29W X 31LN/A

In addition to these donations, we are also raffling two spots in our full day soccer summer camp on Ebay.  These spots are valued at $900 each.  100% of the proceeds will benefit the families in need.  Please visit and bid on our auctions here and here.

For further information, please email Coach Alex Lalaoui at soccerlearning@aol.com or contact him at 201-920-8523.

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