AE pee­wees trick or treat so kids can eat

Tillsonburg News - - FRONT PAGE - Chris Ab­bott

DeG­roote-Hill AE pee­wees went door-to-door last Wed­nes­day night in Hal­loween cos­tumes to ‘Trick or Treat so oth­ers can eat.’

“It’s all non-per­ish­able food,” said DeG­roote-Hill AE pee­wee coach Jeff VanRy­broeck, not­ing they plan to con­tinue the team’s good deeds ‘ev­ery month or so’ to teach the 10-12 year old hockey play­ers that vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity is a good thing to do mov­ing for­ward.

“Tonight, we went around trick or treat­ing, part­nered with DeG­rooteHill,” said VanRy­broeck, not­ing DeG­roote-Hill Chevro­let Buick GMC sup­ports a back­pack pro­gram at the Help­ing Hand Food Bank.

“They fill back­packs with food for kids that need it. This food will all go into that back­pack pro­gram that’s done within the schools, so that kids that don’t have food, or don’t have the abil­i­ties, can have some­thing.”

The team left the Till­son­burg Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at 5 p.m., di­vid­ing up to reach as many sub­di­vi­sions as pos­si­ble in two hours, ac­com­pa­nied by par­ents and team staff. At each door the chil­dren would say ‘Trick or Treat so kids can eat’ and ex­plain they were col­lect­ing non-per­ish­able food for Help­ing Hand to go to­ward the back­pack pro­gram.

“A few peo­ple did give them candy too,” VanRy­broeck smiled, “but the ma­jor­ity was non-per­ish­able food for the Food Bank.”

The team did some last-minute ad­ver­tis­ing on so­cial me­dia but for the most part they were mak­ing ‘cold calls.’ And they got a great re­sponse, he said.

“Just knocked on the door and peo­ple were ex­tremely gen­er­ous. A few didn’t come to the door but I would say the ma­jor­ity did... and a lot of the peo­ple, once we ex­plained to them what we were do­ing, they would come with bags of stuff. We had lit­tle cards done up that could ex­plain what we were do­ing, too.

“It was ex­cit­ing for the kids. They were able to get dressed up and they were able to go out and do a lit­tle team bond­ing, and also do some­thing that’s great for the com­mu­nity.

COATS FOR KIDS

“It’s just about teach­ing these kids that there’s more than just hockey. One of the next things we’re go­ing to do is Coats for Kids at the Christ­mas Pa­rade (Nov. 17, 2 p.m.). We’re go­ing to be col­lect­ing coats for kids.

In ad­di­tion to spon­sor­ing the TMHI team, DeG­roote-Hill is spon­sor­ing the AE Pee­wee good deeds they’re do­ing in the com­mu­nity.

“They’re try­ing to make a com­mu­nity im­pact and they heard that we’re try­ing to make a com­mu­nity im­pact,” said VanRy­broeck, “so with the two of us we kind of teamed up... and see what we can do in the com­mu­nity to­gether.”

Brenda Fitzger­ald, rep­re­sent­ing the Help­ing Hand Food Bank last Wed­nes­day night, was at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to ap­plaud the do­na­tion of 1,038 pounds of food and $70 cash col­lected by the AE pee­wees.

Chris Ab­bott/TILL­SON­BURG NEWS

Till­son­burg DeG­roote-Hill AE pee­wees went 'Trick or treak­ing so kids can eat' last Wed­nes­day, and col­lected more than 1,000 pounds of food for the Help­ing Hand Food Bank. Shown here with Help­ing Hand's Brenda Fitzger­ald are DeG­rooteHill pee­wees Carter Priem, Brody VanRy­broeck, Daw­son Thib­ert, Owen Hayes, Zak Smith, Ryan Gradish, Pre­ston Parkins, Cole Toth, Ethan Cros­sett, Cameron Breddy, Johnny Lamers, Evan Squires, Ethan Luksys, and Davin Ramer.

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