The Stettler ATOM female team will be having a Hockey Fights Hunger Food Drive Feb. 8th

Drop off locations will include Canadian Tire, No Frills and Sobeys from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A dedicated local group of young hockey players is gearing up for the Hockey Fights Hunger Food Drive, slated to run Feb. 8th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Stettler ATOM female team is hosting the event, which will feature main donation drop-off points at Canadian Tire, No Frills and Sobeys.

Ultimately, the project helps to bolster a stronger sense of community, said Head Coach Lee Bates, who is very proud of the hard-working team members who have been preparing for the food drive while balancing their busy schedules which include of course their studies and practices as well.

“I was brainstorming about what kind of a team-bonding function we could do with play-offs and provincials coming up,” he explained. Other ideas were floated, but this seemed the most fitting and the most helpful to the community at the same time.

Food and/or monetary donations will be going to support the Stettler & District Food Bank.

Bates said the food drive also offers the community the chance to help support the Stettler Regional Fire Department at the same time.

Department staff will be manning adjacent booths as well, plus, as a fun added bonus, the hockey players will be driven to Boston Pizza in Stettler by department members for a pizza party to wrap up the day, he said.

Besides contributing to such a worthy cause, Bates said he also wants to instill in the youth how important volunteering really is, and how it can also contribute to stronger self-esteem and self-awareness in terms of being connected to one’s community.

Meanwhile, drop-off locations include the aforementioned Canadian Tire, No Frills and Sobeys.

At each locations, donors will also receive one entry for a $50 gift card.

Leading up to the food drive, local shoppers will also find inserts in certain shopping bags distributed around town about the food drive, plus team members have designed posters that will be featured in key places to help spread awareness even further.

“The girls have worked really hard to promote this,” he said, adding that excitement is really building about the initiative.

Suggested donation items include canned goods (soups, fruit, veggies and meats), pasta, 1kg packages of flour, sugar, plus items such as peanut butter and cheese spread.

On another note, recently, the team won the 2020 Lethbridge Cyclones Classic, defeating Red Deer Sutter Fund Red 2-0.

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