SOLAR BEARS HELP PACKAGE OVER
Orlando, FL - The Orlando Solar Bears helped package over
20,000 meals for needy children this morning at the Feeding
Children Everywhere's "Pack the Park" event. Managing
Partners Joe Haleski and Jason Siegel, Head Coach Drake
Berehowsky, and players Kevin Baker, Thomas Beauregard, Ryan
Cruthers, T.J. Fox, Alexandre Imbeault, and Ryan Blair, as well
as 'SHADES' the Solar Bears mascot, volunteered to help pack
food for kids in need from 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. today at the
Feeding Children Everywhere Headquarters in Orlando.
"In less than three years we have accomplished about 10 million meals and mobilized almost 50,000 volunteers," said Don Campbell, president and CEO of Feeding Children Everywhere. "We feed about 4,000 kids every single day in different parts of the world, and all of it is done through schools. We think education is the key to solving the problem. Our kids have to learn to eat healthy at ages five, six, 10 and 12 to develop healthy patterns later in life."
The meals are simple, healthy, and delicious, and consist of rice, lentils, a blend of six dehydrated vegetables, and pink Himalayan salt. "I sat down with a nutritional doctor and asked her to help us put something together," said Campbell. "We wanted high protein and dietary fiber, but we wanted it to be flavorful."
"I was working as a Salt-Scooper," said Solar Bears forward Kevin Baker. "It was my job to measure out a scoop of salt for each bag, which was also the start of the process. That we were able to pack over 20,000 meals in just over an hour was really amazing. It was a great experience to see all the volunteers having a good time and being so excited to help."
Baker also mentioned the impact of hearing from a few local school teachers that volunteered. "Hearing from some teachers that their students are hungry and that 20 percent of them are homeless had a big impact. We need to change that, and a few hours of volunteer work is nothing if it means kids won't go hungry."
"We want to thank Don Campbell and his staff for the work they do in Orlando and around the world," said Managing Partner Jason Siegel. "With training camp starting tomorrow and our players in town early, it was a perfect opportunity for our athletes to make an impact in the community by volunteering. We want to encourage everyone to go their website and sign up to volunteer, too; www.FeedingChildrenEverywhere.com."
"We really enjoyed our experience here today and look forward to coming out and helping again in the future," Head Coach Drake Berehowsky said.
The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and AHL's Houston Aeros, are coming Out of Hibernation and will play 36 regular season home games at the 2012 Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center, beginning October 20, 2012. Individual tickets for all 36 regular season home games are now on sale beginning as low as $15. To purchase your tickets, please visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com or the Amway Center Box Office.
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