Editor's Note: This article has been updated with additional information about the game.
The Saucon Valley School District hopes that Saturday's home football game against rival Palisades will be an opportunity for the community to rally in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the widespread power outages that have affected many Hellertown and Lower Saucon Township residents.
With that in mind, Saucon Valley Athletic Director Bob Frey announced Friday afternoon that all admission fees will be waived in order to encourage attendance and get residents out of their homes--which in some cases remain cold and dark more than four days after the storm struck.
As of Friday thousands of borough and township residents were still without power, according to the most up-to-date information provided by PPL's online Outage Center.
Saturday's football game will begin at 2pm at the school district stadium, and the district "hopes that those in the Saucon Valley, Palisades and surrounding communities will join us," Frey said.
Residents who have leftover bottled water and canned food purchased before the storm are also being asked to bring them to the stadium ticket booth for an "I have/You need" food swap that was suggested by Natalie Faroun of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 8010.
"Those people who have extra cans and/or water that they didn't use...(can) bring it and whomever is in need can take it," Faroun explained.
Any food and water that's not taken will be donated to the New Jerusalem Food Bank in Lower Saucon Township.
It was also announced Friday that Saucon Valley Middle School will remain open as a temporary shelter and warming station until Sunday at 9pm.
Residents without heat are able to sleep in the gym, and the locker rooms will remain open for hot showers. Refreshments and the opportunity to charge electronic devices are also being provided. Anyone who plans to use the shelter should bring their own sleeping bags, pillows and blankets. Towels and toiletries should also be brought for anyone who plans to use the showers.