The Fort St. John Huskies annual food drive raised more than 6,000 pounds of food this year to fill the shelves at Salvation Army.
Players went door-to-door Sunday as part of the Fill the Bus team tradition, and accepted goods at retailers across the city.
Salvation Army Executive Director Jared Braun says the food drive came at the right time, filling the agency’s shelves roughly between 85% to 90% capacity.
“It was a pretty phenomenal event,” said Braun. “It was very timely because a couple weeks ago we installed some new shelving that’s heavier duty and gives us more height. It was really encouraging to see the amount of volunteers who came out.”
Braun added there were cash donations as well, with $581 collected from a Salvation Army kettle on site during the event. ConocoPhillips also donated $1,500, while Tim Hortons provided coffee and donuts for the event.
The Fort St John Youth Flyers helped the Huskies collect donations over the weekend, and Traci Hammond, the Huskies’ events coordinator, is already looking forward to next year.
“Next year’s gonna be a big one. We’re trying to plan some different things for our 25th next year,” said Hammond.
Winning ways continue
The Huskies also picked up a pair of wins over the weekend.
On Friday, Nov. 26, the team beat the Grande Prairie Kings 4-2 on home ice, taking full advantage of an undisciplined Grande Prairie team that racked up 54 penalty minutes through the night.
On Saturday, Nov. 27, the Huskies beat the Fairview Flyers 6-3 on the road in Alberta.
The Huskies are now 18-0-1 on season, and remain atop the NWJHL standings with 35 points. The Huskies will take on the second-place Sexsmith Vipers (10-7-3) on Dec. 1 at the North Peace Arena.
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