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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — During this past home game on September 25, the New York Jets versus the Cincinnati Bengals at the Meadowlands, the New York Jets Foundation donated half of its 50/50 raffle to CityServe International. The raffle provided $48,232 to help rescue and care for Ukrainian refugees through CityServe’s network of churches in Krakow, Poland.

“We are thankful to the New York Jets and the Johnson Family for their generosity and compassion for Ukrainians. This donation will serve numerous families living in the Krakow Safe House with everyday necessities,” said Karl Hargestam, CityServe executive director. “We also want to thank Ivanka Trump for connecting us to the Johnson Family, knowing we share a heart to help the Ukrainian people. And we are grateful to Paula White Ministries for the donations of toys and gift cards for the refugee families.”

“I am so appreciative of our fans’ collective efforts in embracing and supporting such a worthy cause this Sunday. Because of the Jets fanbase, we were able to record the second-highest 50/50 raffle since its inception,” Suzanne Johnson said. “I couldn’t be happier that CityServe will benefit from this support as it serves a necessary function in aiding the people of Ukraine during this international crisis.”

The 50/50 game day raffle provides fans the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets with one lucky fan winning half of the raffle jackpot. The other half of the raffle jackpot is given to selected charities supported by the Jets Foundation at each home game, which included CityServe on September 25.

“We are grateful to Woody and Suzanne Johnson, the Jets Foundation and Jets fans for your generous support of CityServe’s efforts in Ukraine. As winter looms in Ukraine, these funds will provide emergency food and shelter for families caught in the middle of this tragic conflict,” said Dave Donaldson, CityServe cofounder.

Back in April, the New York Jets Foundation announced they would be donating $1 million to 10 charities across the country, one of which was CityServe. They received $100,000 in addition to the raffle money awarded on Sunday. These funds will be directed to support the CityServe Krakow Housing Project to expand a refugee Safe House in Krakow, Poland. The Safe House provides Ukrainian refugees with private rooms for family life, kitchen and laundry facilities, food and other necessities.

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