IceCaps Donate $30,000 to Charities in December Posted by IceCaps on
IceCaps Care and the Williams Family Foundation donated $30,000 to six local charities during the month of December.
Red Cross Disaster Relief, VOCM Cares, United Way, Community Food Sharing Association, the Salvation Army and YMCA all received $5,000 to support their endeavours in this province.
Red Cross Disaster Relief funding will help support victims of the November typhoon that ravaged the Philippines.
“The Canadian Red Cross continues to provide much needed help to the Philippines as the needs are vast and the work continues,” said Anna Peddle, Provincial Manager, Philanthropy for the Red Cross. “The generous donation of IceCaps Care and Williams Family Foundation will help the Red Cross teams on the ground ensure people receive the basic nutrition, shelter and health care they need. The Red Cross is very thankful for the support.”
VOCM Cares will use the money to collect and distribute toys for needy children in our province.
“It is because of the generous, continued support we receive from the Williams Family Foundation and IceCaps Care that we are able to provide such a meaningful contribution to the children of this province during the Christmas season,” said Kelly Reid, Executive Director, VOCM Cares.
United Way invested the IceCaps funds into their annual ‘stuff-a-sock’ campaign which provides warm socks filled with hygiene products and other basic necessities for those in need during the holiday season.
“This year we received requests for 1,300 socks and filled nearly 700 from donors but the support of IceCaps Care enabled us to fill the outstanding requests, and to also have them shipped right across the province,” said Diana Fisher, Campaign and Communications Coordinator for United Way, Newfoundland and Labrador. “ IceCaps Care and the Williams Family Foundation have truly made a difference in the lives of so many again this holiday season.”
The Community Food Sharing Association was the recipient of $5,000 which is the equivalent of 2,000 pounds of food. The money was donated as part of the Purolator Shut Out Hunger event – prior to the IceCaps’ December 7th game versus Wilkes-Barre/Scranton –which raised an additional 5,200 pounds of food for their nearly 30,000 clients throughout the province.
“We would like to thank the IceCaps for their most generous donation, “ said Eg Walters, General Manager of the Community Food Sharing Association. “ The funds will go a long way in helping the less fortunate among us throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Support provided to Salvation Army Kettle Fund will aid the school lunch program at Booth and Bishops High Schools, the breakfast program at Bishop Field Elementary, programs for the homeless and needy at the New Hope Center, the Salvation Army food bank and programs for both men and women at The Wiseman Center shelter.
“This funding is so important to our social programs,” says Salvation Army Major Ken Ritson. “We would not be able to meet the needs and requests that come our way without the generous contribution of the corporate community like the IceCaps.”
Additionally, 3,500 teddy bears were collected for children in need during the annual NTV Teddy Bear Toss in aid of the Salvation Army during the IceCaps’ December 6th game versus Wilkes-Barre Scranton at Mile One Centre.
Funding for the YMCA Strong Kids Program enables needy children to avail of various YMCA programs.
“The funds donated by IceCaps Care and Williams Family Foundation will help kids and families to experience summer camp, learn healthy living habits and gain positive influence in our nurturing environment, “ said Michelle Northover, Interim CEO of the YMCA of Northeast Avalon. “We’re truly grateful for this important help to reach those most in need in our community.”
Now in their third season, the St. John’s IceCaps, in conjunction with the Williams Family Foundation and IceCaps Care, have donated more than $1 million through financial and in-kind donations, impacting more than 500 organizations throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.