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Members of an all girls youth soccer team gathered on a recent Saturday to make a difference in the lives of others – with something as simple and comforting as a blanket.
“Playing soccer is something that the girls will do for a short period of their lives.” said Phyllis Banks, head coach of the U-14 soccer team known as the Footie Chicks. “But being a responsible citizen that can make a difference is something the girls can do for the rest of their lives.”
The girls gathered at the Chamber of Commerce building before Christmas and assembled 17 fleece blankets that were later donated to St. Joseph’s Children’s Home in Louisville. The facility serves the emotional and physical needs of Kentucky children that have been abused or neglected.
In addition to making blankets, the girls baked cookies for residents at Signature HealthCare and collected donations for the Spencer County Sheriff’s “Shop With a Cop” program.
“Giving back to the community is something the team has embraced and it has become a part of their foundation as young women,” said Banks.
“Make a Difference Day” is an annual event for the team.