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Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: March 22, 2007
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March 22, 2007

NORFOLK, VA--The Old Dominion University men's and women's soccer teams put together 2,000 care kits to help "Hospitality for the Homeless," which is a cause-based foundation in Norfolk that serves as a national collection and re-distribution agency for travel-size toiletries to those in need.

Both the Monarch and Lady Monarch soccer teams are the test program for Division I schools. They put together the care kits on Tuesday, march 20th in the new Soccer complex.

"It's an interesting concept that has been well received," said Brian Friedman, President of the Hospitality for the Homeless. "Refreshingly, we don't ask for a financial contribution from our institutional partners, nor do we solicit continuously. We only seek toiletries (mini shampoo bottles, mini bars of soap, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste and disposable razors) that already stocked in-house, and w only re-visit the request once a year."

Other educational partners include: middle schools, high schools and Sunday Schools who provide student volunteer assistance in re-packaging amenities into care kits for our distribution and enable their students to receive community service credit.

"This is a very worthwhile program,"said men's coach Alan Dawson. "It's a good way to help others, and were our proud to be a part."

Hospitality for the Homeless receives donated amenities from partners nationally, including hotels and resorts, dentists, orthodontists, retailers and manufacturers as well as the public.

For more information on Hospitality for the Homeless call 757-624-2084 or email them at info@hospitalityforthehomeless.org.

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