Every year, the Whistler Minor Hockey Association encourages its teams to give back to their community. The Whistler Winterhawks respond by "filling the net."
This will be the fourth year that Winterhawks girls' hockey teams participate in "Fill the Net," a local fundraising initiative that aims to collect money and non-perishable items for the Whistler Food Bank. On Sunday, Dec. 11, a hockey net will be set up at the Meadow Park Sports Centre from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. where members of the public can leave their contributions. The net will be supervised by parents of the players.
Later on Sunday, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the Winterhawks U13 and U15 teams will be standing outside Nesters Market asking for donations.
Jodi Carter, whose daughters play for the U13 squad, has done this before. She hopes that some of the grocery shoppers will decide to pick up a non-perishable donation in addition to whatever they were planning to buy that day. Anyone who gives will be contributing to a worthy cause, as Sea to Sky food banks continue to experience a surge in demand.
"We froze [last year], so this year we are happy the temperatures are warmer," said Carter. The forecast calls for a low of -6 this Sunday.