Dozens of volunteers fanned out at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown on Saturday with buckets in hand, hoping for donations at the Harlem Globetrotters game.
They weren’t disappointed.
“The crowd was fantastic. Most everyone dug into their pockets to put a buck or two in our Red Cross buckets,” said volunteer Gary Offerdahl. “We got 5’s, 10’s and 20’s too. Most everyone was very generous. And not only did we collect some money for the Red Cross, we had a lot of fun, too.”
The Globetrotters have designated the Red Cross as their official charity, as part of the team’s The Great Assist initiative. The Pass the Bucket effort in Youngstown was the first such attempt to collect funds directly from fans at a Globetrotters game.
“This partnership brings two great American organizations together in order to achieve a common goal—to help people in need and to put smiles on people’s faces,” said Howard Smith, President of the Harlem Globetrotters.
“This was so worthwhile,” said Karen Conklin, Executive Director of the Lake to River Chapter. “We got to meet a lot of the people we serve in the community, and we got to get up close and personal with some REALLY tall basketball players. Our volunteers will remember this day for a long, long time.”
WKBN covered the effort, airing the story during the 11:00 news Saturday night.
If you aren’t able to donate to the Red Cross at a Globetrotters game, but would like to contribute to the life saving mission of the Red Cross, you can make a donation here, or call 1-800-RED CROSS. You can also text the word ASSIST to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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