Donors help Moscow Special Olympics team get equipment



Posted on February 18, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 7:00 PM

MOSCOW, Idaho.--Hundreds of donors stepped up to help a North Idaho Special Olympics team that had some of its equipment stolen. KREM 2 News reported on Monday night that thieves snatched over $4,000 worth of jackets, snowshoes and boots.
Officials have been overwhelmed with all the generosity. People from Montana to Seattle were pitching in.

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Special Olympics Regional Director Pam Lisenbe has not been able to put down her phone.
"It went crazy. I got over 150 phone calls and emails, probably within the first 24 hours and they are still trickling in on Tuesday,” said Lisenbe.
The calls were all from people wanting to donate money and equipment to the Moscow Rebel-Tigers.
Crooks stole thousands of dollars worth of gear from the team’s storage facility in Moscow on Saturday.
The team was without gear to use in the state winter games.
"It's an amazing surprise. We could not be more proud of being from the northwest. We have had people call from outside of Seattle. We have had people from Sun valley, from Boise, Post Falls,” said Lisenbe.
Perhaps the most support came from North Idaho. The Coeur d’Alene Eagles Special Olympics team cut the Rebel-Tigers a $1,000 check.
"To know that we made a difference. The team's rallied around them to help those athletes. It means the world to them, and it means the world to us,” said Coeur d’Alene Special Olympics Team Organizer Travis Anderson.
Other teams have helped them out as well, making sure their fellow athletes from Moscow can make it down to Sun Valley.
The winter games will be on March 1.
The Moscow team said they plan on giving a special thanks to all their donors at the opening ceremonies.