Old Blades league working for less fortunate this Christmas

A local hockey league is asking you to bring along a non-perishable food item to LRC.

If you’re planning to head down to the Leduc Recreation Centre Sunday nights this holiday season, a local hockey league is asking you to bring along a non-perishable food item with you.

The Leduc Old Blades Hockey league is holding a food drive every Sunday night starting Nov. 22 and running to Dec. 21, when the league is planning to make their donation to the Leduc Food Bank.

On Sunday nights at the Leduc Rec Centre, where the Old Blades play their games, boxes or bags will be set out to collect non-perishable food items to help out those less fortunate community members through the Leduc Food bank.

League secretary Bill Bolton said he will be in charge of the collection which will be set up at the entrance to the dressing room hallway at LRC from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. “We’re striving to become more and more recognized within the community,” said Bolton by phone Nov. 19.

Bolton said there will be signs up identifying the drop-off location in LRC. He said league members are already aware of the great demand on local food banks as the oil slump drags on.

Virtually any non-perishable food item is acceptable, but according to the Leduc Food Bank’s website, these are described as the most needed items: Mayonnaise, Cheese Whiz, cooking oil, powdered laundry detergent, vegetable soup, canned vegetables, pancake mix, peanut butter, Hamburger Helper, canned stew, canned chili, canned salmon and luncheon meat, soda crackers, juice boxes, jam and personal hygiene items.

Bolton said the members of the league, which is in its 42nd year, suspect the Old Blades is the oldest continuing men’s hockey league operating in the world. The league, for players agreed 35 and older, features 8 teams of 15 players each.

More information is available on the league website, www.leducoldblades.com.