Donate to Play On! Puerto Rico

Hi. My name is Sophie Gigante.  I’m a junior at Columbia High School and proud winner of the NJ Governor's Jefferson Award  for public service. When I saw the destruction in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017, I was heartbroken because I have family and friends who live there. Nearly 1 million residents were left without power and thousands lost everything they had. To help kids in the poorest parts of the island, I held a donation drive in 2018, placing drop boxes in 5 local elementary schools, libraries, and fitness clubs in my community, to collect new and gently used athletic gear. The community really stepped up! I collected more than 200 baseballs, bats, gloves, helmets, soccer balls, basketballs, uniforms, and cleats that I packaged and shipped to the hardest hit Boys and Girls Club on the island – in Bayamon. 

I separately raised nearly $2,300 (and counting) through this GoFundMe campaign and used 100 percent of the proceeds to purchase additional new recreational equipment and healthy snacks, that I delivered personally to the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico when I went down to volunteer over spring break in 2018.  But the work is not done. The Boys and Girls Club, a vital after-school resource for at-risk youth, is still in desperate need of equipment and healthy snacks. 

I am still collecting donations from friends, family, and local business owners today and need your help! Together we can make a difference. 

2018:  Delivering recreational gear, toys, batteries and water to residents in Humacao, Puerto Rico who were still without power nine months after Hurricane Maria. 

27402044_1553546414503082_r.jpegThe volunteer group we teamed up with in Puerto Rico. Such a great experience! 

Thank you so much for any support you can give!!


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  • Carmen Johnson 
    • $25 
    • 20 mos
  • Sparkhouse Casaren 
    • $25 
    • 20 mos
  • Gary and Meg Basinski 
    • $50 
    • 20 mos
  • Judy Schwartz  
    • $85 
    • 20 mos
  • Jessie Gonon  
    • $25 
    • 21 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Shelly Gigante 
Maplewood, NJ
Shelly Gigante 
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