The U18 AA Airdrie Lightning female hockey team went on a $4500 shopping spree for the Ronald McDonald House in Calgary for their annual Santa Sack Campaign.
For the Airdrie Lightning, being a part of the hockey team is only one part of their commitment. They also like to commit to giving back to the community when they aren't busy playing hockey and that is exactly what they did last weekend.
"The girls went out to Walmart and picked out a bunch of items that the Ronald McDonald requested for their campaign. Then they dropped them off at Ronald McDonald House," stated Cindy Young, a mother of an Airdrie Lightning player and team helper.
The team was split up into four groups to shop for the items they wanted to purchase and they spent their time wandering around Walmart filling up their carts.
"They all put on their hockey jerseys, got their shopping carts and had a list of the items that were required. They did their best to try to stay within the $1,000 that they were given."
Young stated it was great to see how much the girls enjoyed helping out those who needed it while they are going through a tough time.
"When we did go to the Ronald McDonald House, you could tell it really affected a lot of them knowing what good it was to get all these families in need some some cheer at Christmas time."
The donation was given from the McOpCo McDonalds resturants limited LTD for the team to go and shop for the Ronald McDonald House.
"We definitely like to get the girls involved in activities that help the community," Young finished off with.
The team will also be participating in the Turkey Bowl, which takes place on December 8 at the Ron Ebbesen Arena from 5:15 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. According to Young, the goal for all the teams taking part in the Turkey Bowl is to fundraise $6000 so the Airdrie Food Bank is able to purchase turkeys or chickens for the holiday season.
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