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Hockey kids collect for the Philippines

Some young local hockey players lead by hockey mom Sheila Jayson rallied together recently to collect and donate used clothing to the Philippines. 

Jayson got the idea when she saw that a local restaurant, the Pearl of The Orient, was already collecting clothes to be sent to the Philippines and thought it would be an excellent idea to jump on board and help in their efforts. 

"I was deeply saddened by the tragedy overseas and personally wanted to find a way to help those affected by the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan," explained Jayson. 

"Like many people I know, money is not always an option to give, so we tend to feel helpless to offer our assistance during a time where we would otherwise like to step up and work together to make a difference."

And that's when the idea to collect clothing and other items that we no longer need and send those things over to a country that is desperate for help. 

"The coaches, parents and players were all over the idea and quickly made efforts to gather gently used clothing, blankets and shoes to donate overseas," shares an excited Jayson. 

"Most of us have clothes we no longer wear filling up our drawers and closets, items that are too small, or maybe just out of style. We can easily give them without compromise simply by donating what we no longer need."

Her son, his hockey team and another local team joined forces to make this a reality; something Jayson says was a real learning experience for the young boys. 

"A lot of people in these typhoon ravished communities were left with only the clothing on their backs. They are homeless, hungry and completely misplaced," she says. "Through this experience, the players have come to realize that even a small contribution can make a huge difference in someone's life."

Jayson was blown away by the immediate and overwhelming community response. She says they were able to fill four pick-up truck with used clothing.

"I am very thankful to all the hockey families and coaches on both the Peewee Tier 1 and Midget Tier 4 Hockey Teams for taking time to riffle through their belongings with their players and then generously donate to those who are not only less fortunate, but also deeply scarred by this recent catastrophic event."

After the donations were collected, some of the players got together with a few parents and volunteered another four hours of their time to pack boxes of clothes to ship. 

Those helpful hands were Cruise Brown, Trevor Hamilton, Bronson Dawson, Quinn Van De Mosselaer, Gauge Brown, Porter Dawson and Remy Aquilon, with Coach Lee and son Brad Hamilton along with Parent Helpers Latsiha Dawson and Debbie Van De Mosselaer.

Layson wants to send a special thank you to Elle and Clay Harris and staff at The Pearl Orient for organizing and reaching out to the community. As well as to Bob Laird, GM at Space Center Self Storage in Kelowna who provided the moving boxes and packing tape.

Also a big thank you to LBC Express who graciously provided boxes and most important free transporting overseas.

Food, clothing and financial donations are still being accepted at the restaurant. 

The Pearl of The Orient. located at 106, 1835 Dilworth Dr, Kelowna, BC. 


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