Shel­burne County Pee­wee Flames con­tenders for Good Deeds Cup

Tri-County Vanguard - - Sports - KATHY JOHN­SON THECOASTGUARD.CA

The Shel­burne County Pet Valu Pee­wee A Flames have taken up the Chevro­let Good Deeds Cup chal­lenge and with their en­try now sub­mit­ted they are wait­ing to hear if they will be among the top 10 fi­nal­ists for the $100,000 grand prize.

But for the lives they touched with their good deeds, they are al­ready win­ners.

The team de­cided to take up the chal­lenge last fall af­ter hear­ing about the Good Deeds Cup from their coach Trevor Spencer and his team as­sis­tant/wife Jen­nifer. The first good deed was a visit to se­niors liv­ing at the long-term care fa­cil­ity, Bay­side Home, de­liv­er­ing Christ­mas cards and cook­ies to all the res­i­dents.

Good deeds two and three were done to­gether, with the play­ers pack­ag­ing gro­ceries to col­lect do­na­tions for the two food banks in Shel­burne County on Dec. 30 at No Frills in Bar­ring­ton, rais­ing more than $550 in un­der three hours.

“Peo­ple were in­sanely gen­er­ous,” said Jen­nifer Spencer. “When peo­ple heard what the kids were do­ing and were go­ing to ac­tu­ally go­ing to do the shop­ping them­selves, peo­ple were all over it,” she said, ad­ding the more do­na­tions the play­ers re­ceived “the more pumped and ex­cited they got.”

The play­ers did their home­work be­fore hit­ting the gro­cery isles with their shop­ping carts, get­ting guid­ance on what to pur­chase from Feed Nova Sco­tia on­line lists, and in­put from the Kings Kitchen Food Bank in Woods Har­bour and the Loy­al­ist Food Bank in Shel­burne.

“The kids went with it. They did it them­selves,” said Spencer, from mak­ing the signs to pro­mote the fundrais­ing event and cre­at­ing a bud­get for the shop­ping ex­pe­di­tion, to edit­ing the video for sub­mis­sion. “It was a good life les­son for them.”

When pack­ing gro­ceries, the play­ers also handed out fly­ers to fam­i­lies with a list of 100 good deeds that kids can do to help their com­mu­ni­ties and the peo­ple in them as their third good deed.

The good deeds done by the Flames were “dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences that teaches good lessons for the team,” said player Ol­lie Tip­ton, who said he and his team­mates had fun. “The most fun was pack­ing gro­ceries and shop­ping,” he said.

CONTRIBUTED

Pee­wee Flames Luke Spencer poses be­side one of the food bank do­na­tion bins the team filled as a good deeds for the Good Deeds Cup.

CONTRIBUTED

Vis­it­ing se­niors and de­liv­er­ing Christ­mas cards and cook­ies was one of the good deeds per­formed by the Shel­burne County Pet Valu Pee­wee A Flames for the Good Deeds Cup.

CONTRIBUTED

With Christ­mas card and cookie in hand, Bay­side Home res­i­dent Al­fred Bran­nen gets in the Shel­burne Flames group photo dur­ing a visit to the long care fa­cil­ity by the team in De­cem­ber as a good deed.

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