SmileUp, a Woodstock non-profit organization, recently partnered with local youth sports organizations to help support foster children, raising a little over $2,500 to provide 101 duffle bags to the kids.

The organization partnered with COBRA, a group of recreational soccer teams with the Cherokee Soccer Association, and Impact Soccer to raise funds to provide duffle bags for the foster children in Cherokee County.

The soccer teams personally reached out to family and friends by handing out flyers asking for $25, which would provide a duffle bag for one child filled with a blanket, teddy bear, coloring book, crayons, a story book written by seven-year old Morgan Adamson, and a letter from a player.

Cherokee Academy Braves baseball teams are currently helping raise funds for this cause as well.

The soccer players decorated and stuffed 50 bags, which was the original goal. The teams raised enough for 101 bags, so the rest of the bags will be ordered and decorated later by the baseball teams.

The Academy Braves fundraising site can be found at www.mightycause.com/story/Dufflesforfosters. The fundraiser will continue through Sunday.

For more information, visit www.smileupfoundation.org.

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