Caps holding food drive for Salvation Army at Sunday’s game

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Team also participating in Athena Consolidated School walk/run on Saturday

SUMMERSIDE – It’s not only a big weekend for the Summerside Western Capitals on the ice, but off as well.

Summerside Western Capitals president Dave Groom, along with team captain Jordan Buchanan, second left, and newly-acquired Blake Millman of Alberton recently visited with Karen Mallett, community and family services co-ordinator of the Salvation Army, to check out what is needed for the local food bank this holiday season.

The MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) team is participating in a pair of charity events.

First up is the Athena Consolidated School’s Reindeer Walk/Run on Saturday that gets underway at 9 a.m.

Then at Sunday’s home game against the Campbellton Tigers, the Capitals are asking fans to bring as many non-perishable food items as possible in an attempt to fill the Salvation Army Food Bank’s truck. Game time at Eastlink Arena is 2 p.m.

“The Salvation Army is a tremendous asset to our community,” said team president Dave Groom. “We wanted to do whatever we could to help an organization that helps so many people in our community.”

Capitals vice-president of marketing Danny Perry added the organization will match whatever the fans donate can for can.

The Salvation Army will also be setting up their very familiar Red Kettles on Sunday, along with a return appearance on Dec. 15 as the Capitals host the Bridgewater Lumberjacks.

Items most needed include boxed cereal, canned meats, hearty canned soups, school lunch items such as granola bars, dried pasta, peanut butter, jams and even diapers.

“We have the best fans in Canada, and I feel confident they will come through with some great donations,” commented Groom.

Second year

This is the second year in a row the Caps have participated in the Reindeer Walk/Run, which raised $2,700 and had more than 100 participants in the inaugural event.

“The Salvation Army is a tremendous asset to our community. We wanted to do whatever we could to help an organization that helps so many people in our community.”

This year, like last year, all money raised will be used by Athena staff to shop for less-fortunate families this Christmas, most of whom are within the Athena school community.

“As an organization, we try our best to make it out to as many fundraisers as our schedule permits,” said Capitals general manager Pat McIver. “After the success of the inaugural run last year, we were more than happy to come back again this year to support it.”

The Capitals will be giving all participants tickets to a future home game. Last year, players and staff with the Summerside Western Capitals donated $500 and handed out tickets to a home game.

Even though the Caps play a road game in Woodstock, N.B., on Friday night, McIver assured fans that players and staff will be there bright and early on Saturday.

“Even though it will be late when we get back to Summerside Friday night, credit should be given to the players and staff as they are all on board and looking forward to the event,” McIver added. “We have a great group of guys here.”

The event was the brainchild of Athena teachers and running partners Melissa Noonan-Gallant and Janice Carragher-Doyle.

Organizations: Capitals, The Salvation Army, Athena Consolidated School Maritime Junior Hockey League Campbellton Tigers Salvation Army Food Bank

Geographic location: Canada, Woodstock, Summerside

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