Thoroughblades, Hart Beats For Charity

By Rich Herles
Kentucky Thoroughblades fans team up with Hart’s Dry Cleaning along with
their co-sponsors WVLK-AM Radio and WKYT-TV for their Twelfth Annual Coat
Drive. This drive is to help those who are in need of warm clothing and
runs from the beginning of October until the end of January each year.. All
that people had to do was drop off coats that they had out grown or no
longer used to Hart’s Dry Cleaning. The cleaners would clean them and turn
them over to the Salvation Army and any organization that needs them at no
cost. The quantity of coats that are turned in has grown to 6,000 coats a
year.

This is the second year that the Kentucky Thoroughblades Charities has
chosen to get behind this coat drive. Every game prior to Thanksgiving an
announcement asking fans to help those who are less fortunate by donating
their old coats was made and fans were told that on game nights they could
bring coats to the game and drop them of there.

That plea didn’t fall on deaf ears. One season ticket holder who is also a
preschool teacher brought that plea back to her students and their parents.
Beckey Herles told it this way. “Our House Pre-School in Nicholasville
(Kentucky) has about 120 students. Every year we have a food drive that the
school donates to a local church to be handed out to the needy, but I wanted
my class to do something as a class project. When the Coat Drive came up I
brought it to my class and they were excited to do it.” Miss Beckey, as
she’s referred to by her students, started gathering the coats that students
brought in and other classes saw what they were doing and began bringing in
coats to add to the drive. By the time that the three-week project was over
they had collected 80 to 100 coats. They brought them to the Thoroughblades
game in nine huge leaf bags. The Kentucky Thoroughblades front office
responded to these pre-schooler’s generosity by finding a corporate sponsor
who donated 45 kids and five adult tickets for a hockey game.

Neither the children or the parents that participated in the drive had
expected anything in return, but it was truly amazing to see these
youngsters and their parents at what was for most of them their first hockey
game. By the way since that game we have spotted some of these youngsters
and their parents in the stands cheering on their new favorite team, the
Kentucky Thoroughblades.

Various groups throughout the area have adopted this charitable activity.
Groups like West Jessamine High School, Scott County Middle School and the
AKA fraternity. Hopefully, if this little pre-school can gather more than
one percent of the total coats that were taken in, this drive will spread to
more schools and other groups. This is one charity that can be seen
immediately making a big difference in their community. Thanks goes out to
all those who helped make this coat drive a continuing success.

Remember Keep Your Stick On The Ice And Your Eye On Your Goal!!!

Rich Herles covers the AHL for The Shark’s Magazine; Kentucky Thoroughblades
‘ Hoofprints Magazine; Just Hockey magazine & web site; In The Crease web
site; Hockey’s Future web site; Euroreport web site and AP Wire Service
Stringer
Contact him at rich.herles@worldnet.att.net

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