Remember Mark and Brian Sutcliffe, the Westlake brothers who were collecting soccer gear for young people in Liberia?
Their father, David, said this week that Operation Hope shipped 11 boxes to Liberia in August, and another 15 two weeks ago. The donated gear went to Prise Sanctuary, Kingdom Harvest Ministries in Monrovia, Liberia, which will distribute the items to players in nearby communities.
Thanks to donations from individuals and organizations such as Westlake Soccer Association and Bay Soccer Club, shipping costs of about $3,000 were covered, David Sutcliffe said.
In all, he said, Operation Hope sent 500 soccer balls, 325 soccer cleats, about 2,000 pieces of clothing such as jerseys and shorts, more than 150 pairs of shin guards, 25 pairs of goalie gloves, 30 soccer bags and 10 goal nets.
Anything that wasn't able to be sent to Liberia was donated to America Scores Cleveland, which will give the items to players in the city.
The boys' efforts led to them being named Huffington Post's Greatest Persons of the Day in July.
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