Hockey team gives back to The Olive Tree

By Jessica Dempsey

April 11, 2018 1:10 PM

The Second Cup Novice Blazers hockey team collected donations from the community at the Lloyd Co-op in order to help The Olive Tree this week. They even came to help unload the food they collected and helped sort it out. JESSICA DEMPSEY LLS PHOTO

The Olive Tree got some helping hands this week.
On Sunday the Second Cup Novice Blazers were at the Lloydminster & District Co-op to hold a food drive.
While they were there the team promoted The Olive Tree and offered people to buy either a $10 or $20 pre-made bag.
“We decided that the kids should be involved with the community, and do something good. We wanted to give back so we decided to do a food drive with The Olive Tree,” explained Meagan Blais, whose son is a player on the team.
The team raised $1,980 worth of food during the weekend, as well as $893.75, which went towards the Humboldt Broncos’ GoFundMe page.
Blais said she was thrilled with the team and the community who supported the initative.
“All the boys worked really hard, they all took turns doing shifts at the Co-op, and I’m really proud of the community too. Everyone was very generous, very easy to work with, and very giving,” she said.
Throughout all the help, Blais said she hoped the players were able to learn it’s good to help out.
“I hope they get a sense of doing good for the community and doing good for other people. I hope they recognize that they made a positive impact,” she said, as she hopes to make this an annual event with the team.
Jana Lett, assistant director with The Olive Tree, said it was great to see the players want to help out as it is a slow time of year for them when it comes to donations.
“To have a group, especially younger kids coming in like that, just wanting to do something and the moms standing among them and helping out, and doing something for the community is really cool to see,” said Lett.
Seeing younger members of the community taking part in the food drive was great to see, and not only did they collect the food, but on Monday they came in to help sort out the donations.
“I think it’s awesome, and for them to want to come in and get to work and actually sort the food, and put the food on the shelves, I think that’s really cool for them to see as well, and just see a different side of the community,” said Lett.
The spring season is typically slower when it comes to donations, as Christmas time is when a majority comes in.
During this time of year, a lot of the basic essentials are needed at The Olive Tree, including beans, pasta sauce, soups and more.
“And pretty much the basic pantry things you would think of in your own cupboard is what we need because we supply all of our meals, we use all our foods for that,” said Lett.

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