Most seven-year-old kids would never, ever part ways with the jersey of their favorite player. Not much could separate a kid from a cherished kit, much less one signed by his idol.
For seven-year-old Alex Ibarra, the signed Christian Pulisic jersey is his most valuable possession. And in an incredible act of kindness, Alex decided to raffle off the Borussia Dortmund shirt to help the people of Puerto Rico recovering from the destruction of Hurricane Maria.
We will be raffling off a special item at our Oct. 6th viewing party donated by our Jr. capo, Alex. All proceeds benefit Puerto Rico relief! pic.twitter.com/Wedb1lhGJ5— AO Oakland (@AOOakland) September 27, 2017
“I’m raffling it off because I’m trying to raise money for the Puerto Ricans that don’t have food and water,” Alex said. “Puerto Rico’s really important to me because they’re one of our territories.”
The damage from Maria has taken a massive toll on Puerto Rico. Nearly 95 percent of people are still without electricity. Many are without any cell service. Over half of Puerto Ricans do not have access to drinking water and basic necessities are in short supply. The U.S. territory needs help and Alex is doing his part to contribute.
In total, Alex and the American Outlaws chapter in Oakland raised $3,283.87 to directly benefit the Hispanic Federation UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund by organizing a live raffle, including the signed Pulisic jersey, leading up to and during last night’s 4-0 win against Panama.
Last week, Pulisic caught wind of Alex’s generosity and decided to step up himself. The 19-year-old playmaker recorded a video message (see above!), declaring he’s sending Alex his signed, game-worn jersey from the Panama game and making a donation of his own toward the Maria recovery efforts.
Alex got his jersey signed before the MNT’s March qualifier in San José, Calif. against Honduras, a 6-0 victory where Pulisic scored his first goal in the Final Round and notched two assists.