SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 12 -- Sacramento Kings All-Star forward Peja Stojakovic was present on Thursday, October 6 to personally load two 53-foot trucks at the Lohman Trucking warehouse in McClellen Park.  The donated items had previously been collected by Vlade Divac's Group Seven Children's Foundation, Save Serbian Children Foundation, CaliFour Foundation and Salvation Army.  The storage and distribution center was established at Lohman Trucking, 4781 Parker Ave. #783, in McClellen Park. 

Peja came to support the relief drive and personally help all involved.

"We are blessed to be in a position to help and that's what we should do - help the victims of the hurricane Katrina," Stojakovic said. "I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all involved during this relief drive: my good friend and former teammate Vlade Divac, the Kings owners Joe and Gavin, Save Serbian Children’s Foundation and Califour Foundation for everything they have done.  Also a special thanks goes to Lohman Trucking for donating time and means of transporting the donated items." 


Peter Anderson Photograph

One 53-foot truck and the fifth-wheel trailer left Sacramento the next morning and delivered to a distribution center established by former Houston Rockets Kenny Smith in partnership with the Aim High Foundation.  The second 53-foot truck was delivered to a Lee Road Firehouse in Barkers Corner near Covington, La.  Those donated items were delivered to people in remote areas and small towns battered by the Hurricane Katrina.

This relief effort would not have been possible without the Sacramento Kings and Monarchs, who have donated $6,000 to cover the fuel expense.  An additional $3,500 was collected and will be donated to the Aim High Foundation.  Peja Stojakovic has agreed to match all financial donations and contribute personally to the hurricane victims. To contribute to Peja’s efforts you may send additional financial donations to:

Peja Stojakovic Children’s Foundation
5930 Hohman Ave. Suite 205
Hammond Ind. 46320

All donations are fully deductible and receipts will be issued upon request.

The Peja Stojakovic Children’s Foundation’s mission is to provide and educate children and their families on issues of critical concern such as food, shelter, economic self-sufficiency and hope. Committed to using his name recognition and popularity throughout the world, Peja Stojakovic has devoted his time and efforts to expand contributions from the Balkan countries of Serbia and Montenegro and Greece to hospitals and organizations around the United States. The Peja Stojakovic Children's Foundation is dedicated to guaranteeing that all in-kind donations as well as financial assets of the foundation will provide material, moral and emotional relief to the children and their families.

In addition, Peja Stojakovic and Vlade Divac will be hosting the 4th Annual Charitabowl on January 18, 2006 at Country Club Lanes. To request more information please write to peja16@sbcglobal.net or call 916-807-4501.