The word went out yesterday that the Middletown Soccer Club players, coaches and parents were raising money through a soccer clinic today, and more than 120 kids showed up at Fairview Fields to join the cause for the Bayshore victims of Hurricane Sandy.
And that's not all. Last night, the first check to be deposited into the Middletown Disaster Relief Fund was offered by the Middletown Fusion White U12 girls soccer team. A raffle of Mary Poppins Broadway tickets that raised $1,000, which was originally meant to subsidize the team, was proffered by team members to Mayor Anthony Fiore.
"I have to say I'm very proud of them," said coach Bethany Ryan. One girl on the team lost everything, and others lost significant belongings.
"I was moved, it was very touching," said Ryan. "They realize minor complaints like not having X-Box and lights is minimal, compared to the disaster. They realize they have friends who have no cars, and no clothes."
The team learned from the mayor that warm, dry socks are in high demand, and they have decided to hold a sock drive for the disaster victims.