The young ladies of the Girls U14 Shadow Elite side turned their success on the pitch for the third consecutive year into some help for the community once again this year, collecting donations from friends and family after each goal the team scored during the season to use for the Tree of Sharing, an organization that helps provide holiday gifts for low-income children, women and men in the greater Spokane community.
Earlier this month the team took to River Park Square to score again, this time selecting children from the Tree of Sharing and purchasing gifts from a nearby toy store to fulfill their Christmas wishes with the $220 raised on the sidelines of their fall season and first indoor session, a new high that brought their three-year total to around $600.
"It makes me happy knowing that I'm giving back to a kid that's less fortunate than we are. So it just gives me butterflies in my stomach," player Maya Jones told KREM2 News, a Tree of Sharing sponsor since its founding, as they tagged along during the shopping spree. KREM2 Story [+] (video below) Previous 2013 KREM2 Story [+]
The team is coached by Doug Cooper, and parent Dawn Manfred helped organize the effort.
The Tree of Sharing, hoping to collect nearly 7,000 gifts this year wrapped up the collection phase last Sunday. The organization, founded in 1982, is traditionally in three locations (Northtown Mall, Spokane Valley Mall & River Park Square) as well as online from late November to mid-December.
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