BY KALISHA MENDONSA
The Lacombe Viking Projects Peewee A Rockets took time recently to spread the Halloween spirit by making treat bags for the local Meals on Wheels program.
Team Manager Trish Jevne said the team gets together once a month for team-building exercises and this month, they decided to put together a sweet surprise for the clients of the Meals on Wheels program.
“As a group of players, coaches and parents, we really feel it’s important for the young men on our team to know about some of the organizations in our community that help the people of Lacombe,” Jevne said.
“Last year, we did the same thing for Valentine’s Day and we were told that the recipients were just ecstatic about receiving the little treat bags from a local hockey team.”
She said it’s great to hear about the impact the team can make with a small gesture of sweetness.
“There was a gentleman last year who was tickled pink by the fact the treat bag he received was from player number 11, which was the same number he had when he played hockey in his youth. Those are the types of stories that are really cool to hear after doing things like this.”
The team got together to learn a little bit about how the Meals on Wheels program works with the intent of creating a sense of community in the players.
Jevne said activities like this are a great way for the kids to understand how they can affect and help older citizens in the City.
“A lot of the boys were very understanding that there are people who need services like Meals on Wheels, and I think there was a sense of pride in knowing they were giving something back to the community. Even though it was just little treat bags, the boys still thought it was cool,” Jevne said.
Jevne said the team is currently doing a little bit of travelling for games as they warm up in their season and the parents are doing a bit of fundraising to cover future season costs.
She said the parents are hosting a pub night on Nov. 5th at Leto’s Pub in order to raise money for the annual tournament, provincial bid and other team building exercises they’d like to host through the season.
There will be silent auction items featuring signed sports memorabilia, a liquor basket raffle and tickets on sale for a 50/50 draw. The event is open to all community members, as well as any representatives from businesses who wish to support the team.
“We love the support we receive from our community and are very thankful for it,” Jevne said.