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Alcock collects soccer gear for victims of earthquake

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After the devastating 2010 earthquake, senior Emma Alcock and her family collected soccer gear and sent it to the victims.

After the devastating 2010 earthquake, senior Emma Alcock and her family collected soccer gear and sent it to the victims.

Submitted Emma Alcock

Submitted Emma Alcock

After the devastating 2010 earthquake, senior Emma Alcock and her family collected soccer gear and sent it to the victims.

Ben Grasso, Staff Writer

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After a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti in 2010, senior Emma Alcock developed a passion for helping. She and her family have gathered thousands of items such as jerseys, cleats, and shin guards to benefit those who live on the still struggling island.  

Alcock has been gathering clothing and equipment with her family for the past four years. She started her project after realizing the devastation Haiti faced. Her passion to aid those in need inspired her family to help out however they could.

“My dad and I wanted to do something,” Alcock said. “We’ve had connections to people who have been down there to visit and said how horrible the conditions were. We got in contact with them, and the rest is history.”

Alcock has gathered a significant amount of clothing over the years and is grateful that she embraced the opportunity to give back.

“We’ve collected over 2,400 pieces of equipment in the past four years,” Alcock said. “It’s really nice to be able to give back. Simply wanting to help people is what really started all this and seeing all of the destruction that they had.”

Children in Haiti have sent Alcock family pictures and messages expressing their gratitude for the donations.

“I’ve gotten pictures,” Alcock said. “It makes me cry every time because they’re so cute. I got an email back from a woman in Haiti who showed us her appreciation, and attached a few photos in her email.”

Alcock’s brother, freshman Nick Alcock, has been involved in the donation process and has had several enjoyable moments along the way.

“My favorite part from all of it has to be seeing everyone’s generosity,” Nick Alcock said. “Seeing all of the donations is an awesome thing to see.”

The Alcock family is still collecting equipment and hope for more donations. If you’re interested in donating, contact Emma Alcock via email at [email protected] for more information.

 

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