Pee Wee Minor hockey team giving back to the community this Saturday

 

The Amherstburg Stars pee wee minor travel team will be collecting supplies for “Stuff a Stocking for a Senior” this Saturday between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the United Communities Credit Union Complex. The program is run through Amherstburg Community Services and the pee wee minors are participating in order to give back to the Amherstburg community.

The Amherstburg Stars pee wee minor travel team will be collecting supplies for “Stuff a Stocking for a Senior” this Saturday between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the United Communities Credit Union Complex. The program is run through Amherstburg Community Services and the pee wee minors are participating in order to give back to the Amherstburg community.

By Ron Giofu

A local minor hockey travel team is aiming to give back to the community starting with a fundraiser planned for this Saturday.

The Amherstburg Stars pee wee minor team is holding a “Stuff a Stocking for a Senior” campaign this Saturday at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

The program is an Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) initiative that the pee wee minors are eager to work on. “We’re going to come to the arena Dec. 7 and we’re going to stay and take the donations at the arena,” said Riley Sesto.

“It’s good because we’re doing something good for the community and people who don’t have anyone to celebrate Christmas with,” said teammate Bryce DeWaal.

Matthew Wismer pointed out they will be collecting items such as homemade cards with a holiday message from youths to seniors, personal hygiene items such as soaps, lotions, toothbrushes, toothpaste, brushes, socks, gloves, boxes of chocolates or cookies and gift boxes or bags to put the items in for the senior.

Owyn Hayes said he was happy he and his teammates were taking part. “Usually we’re asking people for stuff,” he said. “When we give back to the public, that makes me feel good.” Tucker Laforet said many of the seniors have likely experienced losses in their own families and could use something nice during the holidays.

“I feel we’re doing something good for them,” said Laforet.

Giving but not expecting something in return is a benefit Matteo Palumbo sees happening as well while Ethan Bauer added “we’re always asking for stuff. It’s right we give back to the town.”

Aidan Evon pointed out a lot of the seniors might have families far away they can only speak to by phone so getting a gift at Christmas from the “Stuff a Stocking for a Senior” program would be a nice touch for them. Adam Tronchin hoped people would have the same respect for them for when they get older while Brooke Gibson added it “makes me feel good to give back to the community as a team.”

Coach Ron Wismer said the players will be at the United Communities Credit Union Complex from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. collecting. He added other minor hockey teams will be approached about creating cards for seniors and viewed the initiative as a way to show young players the benefits about giving back to the community.

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