Wednesday December 7, 2011
Fill The Rink With Food
Chilliwack Chiefs call on fans to help restock Salvation Army shelves Dec 28
Submitted by Glen RIngdal, Chwk Chiefs
he Chilliwack Chiefs have joined hands with the Salvation Army, the Save-On Food Group and four major Chilliwack media outlets in a bid to replenish Chilliwack and District Food Bank that will be depleted over Christmas.
In an event dubbed “Fill the Rink for the Food Bank”, the Chiefs have chopped the ticket price to their game on Wednesday, December 28 to just $5 (including service fees and taxes) for all fans that bring a donation of non-perishable food. Season tickets holders are being invited to “Bring a Friend” at no charge except for their food donation. Workers from co-sponsors Save On, Coopers and Price Smart Food Stores will be on hand to load the donated food into boxes located at all four Prospera Centre entrances and then to waiting trucks for transport to the Food Banks.
Announcement of the event was made at a Prospera Centre New Conference this morning where Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz said, “We must remember that hunger does not end on Christmas Day. People in our community are very generous and I believe will welcome this exciting opportunity to extend their giving attitude.”
“We are very conscious of the fact that both the Food Bank and our wallets are depleted right after Christmas,” said Chiefs President Glen Ringdal. “We are trying to make it easy for hockey fans and others to help at this critical time of year. We hope every seat in the building is full that night and we deliver tons of food for people who need it.”
Don Armstrong, the Salvation Army’s Food Bank Director, said, “We hope that with the low ticket price, many hundreds of people will be motivated to come to the game and bring a generous donation of food. At this time of year we are in urgent need of tinned meat, fish, fruit and ready-to-eat products such as ravioli, stew, pork and beans and the like. We also need peanut butter, pasta, rice, tinned vegetables, cereals and baby food. And, of course, cash is always happily received.”
The event, which is aimed at becoming an annual major effort on behalf of the Chilliwack Food Bank, is being supported by all Chilliwack media who will be reporting daily on the number of tickets pre-sold to the game. Tickets may be purchased in advance on-line through www.chilliwackchiefs.net or at the Prospera Centre Box Office.
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