(Reprinted from the ISD 709 Newsletter)
Duluth Denfeld High School boys hockey players and coaches continued a storied team tradition Friday night, when the team's seniors distributed holiday gifts to families in the community.|
"We've adopted two families the last couple of years," said Hunters assistant coach and all-time program scoring leader Jake Johnson, as the players gathered up the gifts and rushed out of their locker room at Essentia Duluth Heritage Sports Center. "The entire team did some grocery bagging and raised $1,000, and spent $500 per family. Nice gesture by the boys, which shows the kind of character we have in our locker room, the kind of guys we have here at Denfeld."
Said Hunters senior power forward Zach DeCaro: "To see families with big smiles on their faces when they see us rolling in with gifts to place under their trees, it's special. The families know we're on our way."
DeCaro's mother, DeeAnna, helped coordinate the fundraising and gift distribution efforts. "It's a tradition we brought over from the former Duluth Central hockey program," she said. "The kids shop, they wrap the presents, and the seniors deliver the gifts. The players look forward to this every year. Denfeld Hockey does a lot of volunteering throughout the year. We're proud of the kids for doing good in our community."
Brenda Florestano (L) was the winner of the Frandsen Bank & Trust $50 Visa gift card, after her name was drawn during the East- CEC hockey game on December 13. The EDHC's Meghan Walker (R) makes the presentation on behalf of Frandsen Bank & Trust.
In what's become a holiday tradition for the Greyhounds, a food drive was held on December 13 before the Duluth East /Cloquet-Esko-Carlton hockey game. Members of the Duluth East Boys Hockey team and Cheerleaders accepted canned goods and cash donations in behalf of CHUM to benefit local families during the holiday season. In all, the 'Hounds collected 326 pounds of food and $454 in cash, providing sustenance for those in need. And...oh yes...East beat C-E-C in overtime 2-1, making the night complete.
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