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Get behind Stealth and Northwest Harvest with food donation at Saturday’s game

04/13/2013, 11:30am PDT
By Ben Tole, Stealth Staff Writer

Stealth Bombshells Jessica (left0 and Jessalyn smile for the camera's while volunteering with Stealth players, Monday at Seattle's Cherry Street Food Bank.

Bring canned or non-perishable food to Saturday's Stealth game to support Northwest Harvest

EVERETT, Wash. – With a week of volunteerism and food collection for Northwest Harvest behind it, the Stealth encourage lacrosse fans to bring canned and non-perishable food items to Saturday night’s game with the Buffalo Bandits.

The effort will help feed individuals and families through Northwest Harvest’s network of some 350 food banks, meal programs and schools in need.

Kicking-off its week of support for Northwest Harvest, defenseman Chris McElroy, forward Brett Hickey, mascot Bomber the Fox, and Bombshells dance team members spent Monday morning preparing and handing out food at Seattle’s Cherry Street Food Bank, one of the largest in the Northwest Harvest network.

“It’s important to support the community that supports you,” said McElroy who got a first-hand taste of the importance of providing food for those in need.  “There is no better way to do that than by volunteering at Northwest Harvest.”

The Cherry Street Food  Bank serves some 2,000 people-in-need every week through its Monday and Wednesday hours from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

“It’s great when groups come into Northwest Harvest to volunteer ahead of their events,” said Andrea Flatley of Northwest Harvest, which provides 1.7 million meals every month to anyone experiencing hunger.

The need for support at the food bank is as important as ever says Flately, and helps demonstrate the critical role food banks play the community.

“Not only are (volunteers) leading by example but volunteering allows them to see how crucial food drives are to help fight hunger in Washington,” Flately said.

The Stealth’s McElroy agrees.

“Experiencing first-hand the important work that Northwest Harvest volunteers are doing on a daily basis is eye-opening and inspiring,” he said.

Later in the week, Stealth players and volunteers gathered on Everett’s Broadway Avenue in front of Comcast Arena collecting food items and cash donations for Northwest Harvest from Wednesday-morning commuters.

And on Saturday, lacrosse fans have another opportunity to support Northwest Harvest by bringing canned and non-perishable food items to the Stealth’s home game against the Buffalo Bandits at Comcast Arena.

Representatives will be available to receive cash and food donations on the main arena’s main concourse. Doors for the 6:45 p.m. game open at 5:15 p.m.

For more information visit www.NorthwestHarvest.org

For tickets to Saturday’s game visit 877-MY-75-TIX or visit www.stealthlax.com  


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