Sacramento Republic FC fans are known around the USL for their indomitable spirit, but this holiday season the club’s fans are going above and beyond in the spirit of giving.
Starting Dec. 7, Republic FC kicked off a holiday book and toy drive benefitting the Sacramento Children’s Home and the Sacramento Library. To-date, Republic FC fans have donated more than 200 books and toys.
The toys collected will go to the Sacramento Children’s Home. A local nonprofit, the organization is dedicated to caring for the community's most vulnerable children and families and provides a variety of services to families in crisis and troubled or abused children.
Meanwhile, the books are going to the Sacramento Library, which serves more than 1.3 million people through the Sacramento region and works to inspire communities to discover, learn and grow.
Republic FC fans may continue to bring donations of new books and toys, as the Team Store will continue to accept donations. Fans who donate a book or toy will receive a Republic FC mug and sample of Seasons coffee as a thank you gift. One mug per person who makes a donation, while supplies last. This mug is not sold through the Team Store and is available exclusively with a toy or book donation.
In addition to the club’s holiday book and toy drive, Republic FC fans, players and staff have generously responded to help the Castillos, a family of Republic FC fans who lost all their possessions in a house fire last week. Fans, players and community members have donated more than $5,000 to a Go Fund Me to assist the Castillo family.
“We are one big soccer family,” wrote Republic FC fan Anthony Osuna on Facebook.
"I don't really know [the Castillo family], but I may have seen you at the Sac Republic games," added Manuel Camacho in a Facebook comment. "So, we are one big family, and we should help each other in times like this."
To further assist the Castillo family, Republic FC’s Team Store is serving as a drop-off site for fans and community members to bring donations of items to help relieve some of the family’s immediate needs, as well as Christmas gifts for the family’s four young girls.
Fans may bring their donations for the holiday book and toy drive as well as the Castillo family drive to the Team Store, located at 2421 17th Street, through Christmas Eve. The Team Store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Team Store will be open on Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be closed on Christmas Day and December 31 through January 2.
The Team Store will be accepting book and toy donations through Christmas Eve and donations for the Castillo family through Dec. 30.
For a full list of requested items for the Castillo family, please click here.