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Hot Pot Of Lax: People Helping People

Welcome to February. The season is almost here. Can you feel it?

Today we have a heartfelt story to share with you, submitted by Dan Willson.

Lacrosse supporters help family after fire | Times Herald-Record

Bryce Haraldsen, 11, in goal

Brandon and Bryce Haraldsen out of Shohola, Pennsylvania, lost it all. Their house burnt down. Their dogs and lizard were killed. Christmas presents, family photos, and all their lacrosse gear turned to ash.

Luckily, neighbors and friends were there to help Brandon, Bryce and the Haraldson family. So was the varsity lacrosse coach at the local high school. He got them basic lacrosse equipment and made sure they got new jerseys for their elementary school team.

Still, the boys had lost everything and they needed more help if they were going to play lacrosse this season. Their neighbor contacted US Lacrosse on their behalf.

Cathy needed at least $1,000 to outfit both her sons, an impossible cost at this stage in their lives.

Matarazzo had placed a call to US Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body in Baltimore, to see if anyone would listen to their story. It spread around the office. Before long, lacrosse equipment manufacturers were calling Matarazzo, asking where they could ship their products.

Maverik Lacrosse and Harrow Sports sent boxes of goodies to the boys, but the biggest surprise donor, by far, was Warrior Sports representative Andrew Combs.

“It sounded like lacrosse was a big deal to these boys,” Combs said in a recent telephone interview. “And at Warrior, we were hoping if we sent some things, it would bring a smile to their face for the hour or two a day they were playing lacrosse.”

Combs, a former college and professional star, sent box after box after box ­— approximately $4,000 worth of supplies — to Brandon and Bryce, children he had never met. Not only did he overnight the latest model helmets and ship a full set of lacrosse gear to each of the boys, he also sent sneakers, hoodies and hats.

“I feel like I just won a game show!” Matarazzo recalled Brandon exclaiming when he opened one of the boxes.

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Now that’s generosity.


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