The 92.7 Rock Iron Maidens and fellow peewee teams in the the Sudbury and District Girls Hockey Association came together recently — with help from 92.7 Rock and KiSS 105.3 — to collect and food and cash for the Sudbury Food Bank.
Not wanting any local families to go hungry this Christmas season, the Hockey Fights Hunger initiative on Dec. 7 raised $8,100 in cash and 1,397 pounds of food, for a total value of $11,697. A $1 cash donation can buy $6 worth of food, meaning that $8,100 collected actually has a food value of $46,600.
"We thought that if we pull all the Peewee teams together to host Hockey Fights Hunger, we can help make a difference to our community members and also showing the girls the need to get involved in the community," the team told Sudbury.com.
Both 92.7 Rock and KiSS 105.3 broadcast live from the Real Canadian Superstore on Lasalle Boulevarde on Dec. 7, encouraging shoppers to stop by and donate.
"We had the Iron Maidens and the other peewee teams — Sudbury Blast, Serpents and Dynomites — on site to help with the collection of food and cash donations," the Iron Maidens told Sudbury.com.
“The Success of the Hockey Fights Hunger Campaign was due to the hockey players and their enthusiasm and commitment,” said Dan Xilon, food bank director, calling the players “terrific upcoming community leaders."
Throughout the day, videos were taken of all the teams coming together to support Hockey Fights Hunger and collectively the league will submit the video for the Chevrolet Good Deed Cup.
"If we are selected as winners, we would donate the $100,000 prize to the Sudbury Food Bank," the league said in a news release. "We are so proud of all the Players who gave up there Saturday to help our idea come to life."