Help young athletes send packages to troops

ROYERSFORD, Pa. - November 18, 2010

The Spring-Ford Rams Youth League prides itself on teaching its young athletes lessons about football and lessons about life.

So, league officials were going to have their young athletes write encouraging letters to US service members stationed overseas.

That was when another league official suggested collecting donations for care packages.

"From that it just exploded into donations," said Youth Athletic Director Tom DiBello. "For the last two or three weeks we've been getting bags of donations."

They've filled bags with everything from golf clubs, to toiletries, to candy - all of which is going to the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army serving in Afghanistan.

That's because Staci Aquilante, whose son plays for Spring-Ford, has a brother named Josh serving with the 101st.

"My brother is 22 years old and he's over there in a very bad area losing friends. They live for those care packages so now the problem is getting it there," Staci said.

It's a problem because with donations still rolling in. The cost of shipping all of these care packages already exceeds $1000.

Now, the Spring-Ford Football League is reaching out to anyone willing to help finish this mission and get these items to Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Staci is simply overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of her friends and neighbors.

"So many hundreds of people willing to donate to the cause... I'm speechless. It's amazing," she said.

If you would like to help, visit the Spring-Ford Rams Football Youth League website or call (610) 306-1401.

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