Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, announced today that they have donated 1,639 coats and canned food items to local charitable partners as a result of the generosity of Thunder fans and sponsors.
The Thunder ran their second annual November Coat Drive, which offered the chance to donate a new or lightly worn coat in exchange for a complimentary Silver Flex Ticket, courtesy of the Thunder. The coat drive resulted in 426 coats collected, 75 more than were collected during the 2015-16 season. All coats collected at Thunder home games on November 22, 26 and 29 have been donated to the Moreau Community Center in South Glens Falls and the Salvation Army in Glens Falls.
“The Adirondack Thunder coat drive is an amazing opportunity for us to help with our Holiday Caring Program,” Kelly Obermayer, Director of Development for the Moreau Community Center said. “We support a total of 188 families, which includes 484 individuals and over 200 children, many of whom are under resourced families and walk in without a coat. We are amazed by the generosity of Thunder fans and thank them for their donations.”
The Thunder followed up the Coat Drive with a canned food drive on Saturday, December 3, where they collected over 1,200 non-perishable food items, surpassing the 800 units collected last season, which were donated to the Salvation Army and Open Door Mission in Glens Falls. Thunder players will follow up on the canned food drive with a visit to the Open Door Mission tomorrow evening at 4:30 p.m. to serve dinner to those in need. As in years past, the Thunder gave all who donated a non-perishable food item a complimentary Silver Flex Ticket.
"The Greater Glens Falls Salvation Army wishes to thank the great fans of the Adirondack Thunder hockey club for their support of the recent food drive conducted there,” Major David Dean, Corps Commanding Officer of the Greater Glens Falls Salvation Army, said. “This food will go right into our holiday Christmas baskets. Right now we anticipate serving about 450 area families comprised of 1,800 people in the Tri-County area. This food will go a long way in helping us meet their needs this Christmas season."
The next donation opportunity will come on Saturday, December 17 for the annual Teddy Bear Toss, to benefit the Salvation Army. Fans are encouraged to bring stuffed animals to the game on 12/17 and throw them onto the ice after the Thunder’s first goal on that date. All bears collected will be donated to the Salvation Army following the game.
The Thunder conclude their seven-game homestand this week as they face off against the Norfolk Admirals tonight and Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center, with puck drop slated for 7:00 p.m. in both games. Adirondack Thunder individual and group ticket packages are available for just $13 per ticket in addition to new Thunder mini-packs, consisting of four tickets and a gift card to a local restaurant for just $65. Call 518-480-3355 x1 or visit ECHLThunder.com/tickets to customize a plan and reserve your seat locations today.
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