Street hockey league holding fundraiser

Published 2:35 pm Friday, November 24, 2017

This weekend, many locals are likely to still be sleeping off big dinners and early morning shopping trips, but there will still be several local options for those looking for something to do.

The LaGrange Street Hockey League will host its fourth annual fundraiser game benefiting Toys for Tots on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center. The league started the fundraiser as a way to give back and say that the fundraiser has continued to gain momentum since.

“It just started out as people who showed up to play hockey would bring a toy to fill the toy box at the Park and Rec,” said Glenn Cunningham of the LaGrange Street Hockey. “Each year we’ve had a few more toys, a few more people, and it has gotten a bit bigger each year.”

Spectators are asked to bring a donation of a new toy for a child who may not receive much for Christmas to the event in exchange for a meal or a chance to play.

“This year we are going to do something a little bit different, and we are going to have barbecue sandwiches, chips and a drink for the price of a toy,” Cunningham said. “You bring a toy, and you’ll get a sandwich, chips and a drink because we are trying to fill that toy box.”

The barbecue will be provided by Smokin’ Mo’s BBQ.

“It is a great way for the adults and kids that play to step up and say ‘I get to do this, and I get to play hockey, and I get to have some fun, and I can help make some little kid happy by getting them a toy, and I want to do that,’” Cunningham said. “And so, they do.”

Whitney Scott of Faith Baptist Church is expected to perform at the event, and the children’s league will be involved in the fundraiser for the first time this year.

If you would like the opportunity to wash a few bugs off your windshield from holiday travel while supporting a great cause, Mike Patton will host a toy drive and car wash benefiting Harmony House on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also, like most Saturdays, Sims Pond Farms will host a farm day at 10 Bailey Road at 11 a.m. Turnip greens, sweet potatoes and other fall vegetables as well as baked goods and crafts will be sold at the event. Finally, the LaGrange Downtown Development Authority will host Small Business Saturday in downtown LaGrange.