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12/22/2009

Doing The Right Thing For The Holidays

Filed under: Abel To Yzerman,Detroit Red Wings,Helping Out,NHL — Joe Yerdon @ 4:31 AM

I know it’s Christmas time (or Chanukah time for others) and that means a lot of folks are winding down their year and stressing out about what to get their loved ones for the Holidays.  It’s that time of year and it happens, I understand.

One thing about this time of year that I got really into when I was working in radio was doing something to help out those that can’t help themselves.  With the job market still being brutal for a lot of folks around the country and money always being tight for everyone else, seeing something charitable come up always moves me to want to do something to help out.  Being a guy with a website that has a nice loyal band of fans it’s times like these that I feel motivated to try and do something to help a good cause and, to the surprise of many of you out there, one Red Wings blog is really stepping up to the plate to do something really nice this year.

Bill Houlihan, The Chief at Abel To Yzerman, was struck with good tidings of the season to step up and do just that.  It started off with a great rallying point to put something together for “one of their 19 members” – the man behind Red Wings Brazil, Guilherme – To donate some money and see if they could get enough funds together to get Guilherme to see a game live and in person at Joe Louis Arena.  Seeing bloggers and commenters alike teaming up to do something that incredibly cool for a fan in a very different market, it’s pretty damn amazing in its own right.  There was one “problem”  though as after about 30 hours, the goal of $1000 set by The Chief was met.

So then what to do if folks are more than willing and able to donate money?  Easy.  Keep the money rolling in and donate it to the Red Wings Wish Club, a team charity organization that helps out with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

In my days working in radio, our main holiday charity drive built up funds for the childrens hospital in my home area and getting to see the kind of work that is done and the facilities they have there and knowing how much the money is both used to do great things and needed so desperately to keep doing great things I can’t even begin to stress enough to you folks what even the smallest donation can do if you even give just a little bit.

I’ve visited the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center more than a few times and while it’s heartbreaking to see babies and toddlers going through any number of problems big and small alike, it’s reassuring to know that they’re getting the best of care possible from some of the finest medical minds you’ll find in this country.  These specialized hospitals aren’t found in as great a number as you’d find a typical hospital and giving kids the kind of care they need when they’re so fragile and so young is of the utmost importance.

I know it’s just a few days before Christmas and asking anyone to give up a few bucks is a tall order no matter what your situation is, but in the spirit of the holidays if you’ve got the time stop by A2Y and give a click to the PayPal button they’ve got set up there and see if you can do a little something special for a special hockey-related kind of charity action.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a Penguins fan, a Blackhawks fan, a Rangers fan or an Avalanche fan… Doing something nice to help out the kids is something that a fan of any team can do.

1 Comment »

  1. Awesome post. Thanks for getting the word out.

    Comment by jennyquarx — 12/23/2009 @ 1:21 AM

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