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Putting the cold on ice with the annual hat and mitten toss at Saturday’s Sugar Kings game

There’ll be no need to wait until somebody scores three goals to toss hats out onto the ice, as the Elmira Sugar Kings host the team’s annual hat and mitten toss during Saturday’s game.

All items collected at the WMC will be donated to Woolwich Community Services’ annual Christmas Goodwill program.

As the temperatures dip below zero, staying warm becomes both important and something of challenge for some people, notes WCS’ community support coordinator.

“Living in Canada, hats and mitts are a basic need because it gets so cold,” said Tina Reed.

Several different local organizations, businesses, service clubs are all coming together to collect items for the Christmas hampers that will go back to low-income families in Woolwich and Wellesley communities.

 Last year the hat and mitten toss provided some 167 families with new winter apparel, Reed noted. With the same goal in mind, WCS is looking for people to consider the hats and mittens they donate – waterproof gloves being one of the most needed items this season.

“As we know, children tend to lose hats and mitts, and so we can offer them some in the new year,” she added.

In previous years, the Sugar Kings hosted a teddy bear toss but things changed when there was a shift in the community’s needs for winter items. Ever since the Kings have been participating and doing their part in the community.

“We get good fan support from people in Woolwich and we think it’s part of our job as a team to give back to the community and help out in whatever ways we can,” said director of hockey operations Jeff Snyder.

Aside from the hat and mitten toss, the Kings also take part in other community initiatives throughout the year. In just a few weeks they will take part in putting together the Christmas hampers and will help with the delivery of the items to families in the townships, Reed pointed out.

“It really is a great program because the Sugar Kings and the community do this so then we don’t have to purchase those items through our program.”

While the collection of donations come to an end for the Christmas hampers, this is one more chance for the community to give back to those who need it most during the holiday season.

The hat and mitten toss will take place this Saturday during the Elmira versus Waterloo game at the WMC, which begins at 7:30 p.m. People are asked to bring any winter items they’d like to throw on the ice when the Sugar Kings score their first goal. 

Those who are in need of a Christmas hamper still have time to check in with WCS by calling 519-669-5139 to see if they qualify.

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