Southwest Football League Joins The ‘Kids Helping Kids’ Effort

October 1, 2008

The Southwest Football League is supporting West U. seventh grader Connor Albert’s efforts to encourage donations for children affected by Hurricane Ike.

SFL President Bill Manias sent an e-mail to all 800 people on the SFL distribution list, asking for donations to BEAR – BE A Resource for CPS Kids. BEAR is a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) public/private partnership that provides emergency goods and services directly to children under the care of CPS. All donations will be taken directly out into the community by CPS caseworkers and given to the children.

“We here at the Southwest Football League believe in helping children on and off the football field,” said Manias. “Just like we teach our players about teamwork, responsibility and perseverance when they play ball, we also want them to adopt those principles out in our community. All of our families in the SFL support Connor’s “Kids Helping Kids” campaign to benefit the needy children that BEAR helps. We believe that the SFL’s philosophy of giving back to the children fits hand in glove with what Mary Green is doing at BEAR to serve the less fortunate children – especially during this time of rebuilding after Hurricane Ike. I am proud of our SFL families who have been donating children’s games and toys as well as non-perishable foods that are so needed by BEAR.”

Albert, a Presbyterian School student, created the “Kids helping Kids” campaign to aid the children under the care of Children’s Protective Services in Harris County. On any given day, CPS has more than 10,000 girls and boys under their care. Since the hurricane, the needs of these children have grown even greater.

Albert and the SFL are asking for the public to donate items for children, from newborns to teens, such as new, simple toys like crayons, construction paper, board games, books, decks of cards and stuffed animals. Also needed are non-perishable, child-friendly foods like that children like to eat. There is also a great need for mosquito repellant so children can play

“Most of the abused and neglected children we serve are living in poverty every day and the wrath of the hurricane has only increased their needs,” said Mary Green, director of BEAR . “Every day, our caseworkers are asking for the most basic of items just to help the children get by until their situation stabilizes.”

All donations can be delivered to the BEAR office, 2223 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027. For more information, call BEAR at 713-940-3087 or visit:

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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