With less than three weeks until the start of their season, members of the Bell Gardens youth football program were scrambling Wednesday to raise money to replace all of their football equipment that was stolen over the weekend from a trailer at Bell Gardens High School.
Police Chief Scott Fairfield donated $100 and challenged all Bell Gardens businesses to match his donation. He said he would personally pick up any donations.
“Let’s all come together and help these kids,” Fairfield said in a post on Instagram.
The police department has received a few thousand dollars in donations, ABC7 reported.
A GoFundMe page with a goal of $50,000 was established to raise money for the program, which serves children 5 to 14 years old.
“I am humbly asking all of you to dig deep into your hearts on this and help in anyway possible,” said Angela Olague, treasurer of Bell Gardens Youth Football and Cheer. “Every little bit will help.”
The league will also accept donations of football equipment, she said.
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