Donations for Sylvan Lake Food Bank were collected when the Sylvan Lake Atom B2 Lakers played against Rimbey’s Atom team on Dec. 22.
The idea of helping the food bank was conceived during a social outing hosted by one of the Sylvan coaches. After discussion it was decided to ask Rimbey to participate. Sylvan Lake manager Amy Fonda and Rimbey manager Carly Hansen did most of the organizing.
The food donations were overwhelming — three full tables of food were collected. A Sylvan coach donated a turkey that was the prize in an intermission puck toss that raised $360. The Burvil family won the turkey and donated it to the food bank.
Coaches of both teams used the opportunity to talk to their players about the importance of charity.
The game was a great contest that was complete with singing O Canada and music between plays. A guest announcer, the son of the 20 year plus voice of the Nipawin Hawks of the SJHL, called the goals and assists. The game ended in a hard fought 3-3 tie.
The following day the Sylvan team was invited to the food bank to help unpack donations and learn about their operations. The whole experience was very rewarding. It sent everyone off to the Christmas holidays feeling very proud and thankful to be able to have helped someone.