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Reading United to Pay Tribute to Military & First Responders

Reading United to Pay Tribute to Military & First Responders

Reading United A.C will host their annual Hometown Heroes Night on Friday, June 29 when United face the Evergreen Hammers at Wilson High School’s John Gurski Stadium.

Hometown Heroes is Reading United’s yearly salute to the military servicemen and women and local first responders. This year’s event will benefit the Keystone Military Families organization.

Keystone Military Families is a non-profit organization that runs a food bank to help Pennsylvania military personnel and their families. The organization currently helps over 100 families in need. Their website states, “We strive to adapt what is offered to the ever-changing needs of the military and veteran community to provide the best possible care in an efficient manner and family atmosphere. Our pantry is available 3 days per week and we have fresh foods, frozen foods and shelf stable foods. We carry baby food & diapers, pet foods and supplies, cleaning supplies, toiletries and paper goods.”

Not only does Keystone Military Families provide tangible items, but they work very closely with places like the Veterans Affairs Hospital, Salvation Army and the Family Action Center Specialist.

Volunteers are always needed for Keystone Military Families, not just on pantry days, but for all their operational days to help pack care packages, sort donations and shelve them and for some of our fundraising events

This will be the sixth Hometown Heroes Night hosted by Reading United. It’s a special event for United and so many people around the greater Reading area. Throughout United’s match against Evergreen, fans will have the opportunity to bid on special edition Hometown Heroes themed jerseys worn by Reading’s team. All proceeds benefit Keystone Military Families.

“As a military mother, it means a lot to me that the local community continues to remember and support our veteran neighbors in need,” says Kyle Lord, Founder and Director of Keystone Military Families. She continued, “As director of a nonprofit organization, I can tell you that your donations help strengthen our entire community. We truly appreciate your help and I want to thank the Reading United A.C. for their tremendous support.”

Reading United’s Director of Community Relations John Cusatis discussed the significance of the club’s Hometown Heroes Night, stating, “We are again honored and humbled to do our jersey auction this Friday for such an amazing local charity that benefits so many. We always love to use soccer as a vehicle for community improvement. I encourage the entire community to come out and watch the best team in the Premier Development League and help support Keystone Military Families by bidding on the special edition jerseys worn by our players Hometown Heroes.”

Kickoff for the match is set for 7p.m. Tickets are advanced ticket sales are available at