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Hazlet and Freehold Soccer Leagues Host Keyport Barbeque For Storm-Ravaged Community

Donations of needed items will be collected at the Hazlet United Soccer Association snack stand on Thursday night in advance of Saturday's event.

The Hazlet United Soccer Association will join forces with the Freehold Soccer League to serve a hot barbeque lunch Saturday at a Keyport Firehouse on First Street for storm-ravaged residents who could use a good, hot meal after the double wallop of Hurricane Sandy and the Wednesday night's nor'easter. 

The privately-run soccer club based behind Hazlet's Veterans Park has pledged $1,000 to match Freehold League's $1,000 for the purchase of hot dogs, hamburgers, hot coffee and tea, and is asking its members to make donations of non-food needed goods. 

"I would like to show our strong support especially since we have families in our program that have been affected by this event," said HUSA President Vince Serpico, in an email to coaches. 

He said Freehold Soccer approached Hazlet United with the idea. 

"We know we cannot rebuild a house or replace a sentimental object but we can certainly make people feel like they are not forgotten or alone," said Bryan Patmore, president of the Freehold Soccer League, in a statement. 

The Freehold league said they chose to support Hazlet because the club includes members in hard-hit Keyport, Union Beach and Keansburg. 

Items Needed and Requested:

  • Baby Formula
  • Diapers of all sizes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Blankets
  • Work Gloves
  • Toiletries
  • Chapstick
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries all sizes
  • Latex gloves
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hygiene related items
  • Respitory Mask
  • Hand and shoe warmers
  • Hand Lotions

In Hazlet, drop off will be at the club's snack stand on Thursday, from 5-8 p.m. To find it, take Middle Road (near the intersection of Union Avenue) to Green Acres Drive and follow to the end. The snack stand is on the left. 

In Freehold, drop off will be @ Opatut Park (Soccer-Side) on Saturday November 10th between 8-10:30 a.m. The truck leaves at 10:30 a.m. for Keyport. 

Freehold volunteers are needed to help organize the collection, the loading of truck and or travel to Keyport. Please contact:fundraising@freeholdsoccer.com

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