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Hockey players give back to the community

The Chazy teenagers said they wanted to help those less fortunate

The Chazy Bantam Minors and their coaches standing near some of the food items they will donate to JCEO.

The Chazy Bantam Minors and their coaches standing near some of the food items they will donate to JCEO. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— The Chazy Bantam Minors know they are fortunate to be able to play hockey.

Recently, they wanted to give back to the community and help the less fortunate.

So they have been conducting a food drive and will donate all the items to the JCEO.

“This is a really tight-knit group, and they think about the community and each other,” said Belinda Parent, whose son Michael is on the team for boys aged 13 and 14.

At the sectionals tournament, held Feb. 17-19, the boys are asking those who attend the event at Scott’s Memorial Rink in Chazy to bring in a non-perishable food item.

“Our Bantam boys wanted to do some kind of community service and thought it would be good to have a food drive for JCEO,” Parent said.

“I just wanted to help someone out who needed something,” confirmed Michael Parent.

They are a close group that has been together for a while, Parent said.

The group wants to turn the food drive into a yearly event.

“I think they get a really good sense of giving back to the community,” Parent said.

Coach Robin Weeden was impressed by the idea and said their drive to want to help speaks volumes to who they are.

They have always looked after and supported each other, he continued, but to want to assist the community shows compassion.

“They are special young guys.”

Brendan Davison feels good about what he is doing.

“We are helping out people in need of food.”

And that is important, stressed Ryan Criss, because there are people who need this help.

“They don’t have any food, and I don’t want them to starve.”

“It makes me feel good knowing I am helping other people,” added Seth Matott-LaBelle.

Tyler Pepper simply thinks it is important to help the community.

“It feels good to give back to people less fortunate than us.”

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