WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield High School boys’ ice hockey team this week helped a food pantry to address a deficit of summertime donations.

The boys’ ice hockey team had selected St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Elizabeth and Dunk Your Kicks, a fundraising program supporting the Max Cure Foundation, which works to fund cures to pediatric cancer, as organizations it would aid as part of the team’s service efforts for the upcoming season.

At the Woodbridge Community Center on Monday, over 50 teammates helped to prepare about 350 sandwiches to support the food pantry. It is part of an effort the 2018-19 team captains started and have named the “Live for Hockey, with Love for Community” initiative – an ongoing service program for the Westfield High School boys’ ice hockey team, organizers said.

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The program identifies opportunities for community engagement aligning with the teams’ mission of giving back to surrounding towns and charitable organizations, organizers said. Through the initiative, players learn the fundamentals needed both on the ice and in their roles in the community, organizers said.

Shoprite of Garwood donated over $300 worth of items to support the event, organizers said.

The boys are also shooting to make an impact on childhood cancer, organizers said.

Participating in the Dunk Your Kicks campaign, the team is collecting gently used sneakers to be recycled as affordable footwear in developing nations to raise money for families battling pediatric cancer.

The gently used sneakers will be recycled as affordable footwear in developing nations. Max Cure Foundation receives $1 per pair to put towards cancer research, thereby keeping sneakers out of landfills, helping the environment and creating jobs, organizers said.

Kicks will be collected at the Woodbridge Community Center on Wednesday from 3:15 – 5:15 p.m. A collection box is available at the ice rink.

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