On Saturday, December 5 Kings Owner and G.M., Roop Chanderdat and Ron Alexander, Owner of the Komoka Foodland store were the proud sponsors with of a food and toy donation event in front of the Foodland store. Kings staff, players and team volunteers attended and greeted Foodland customers and packed donations in cartons. In all, 24 large cartons of food and gifts along with over $500 was collected and delivered to local food banks.
Shortly after this event we became aware of the Hall family in West Lorne with a young boy, Johnny, age 6 who was diagnosed with Leukemia in August. He spent the first 88 days in the Children’s Hospital where his dad made the daily drive to be with him; the COVID-19 rules did not allow his mom to come to see him, and she was at home with his two brothers and they welcomed a little sister to the family in November.
The family had reached out to Elinor Schwob, Area Manager of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for this area and she went to work seeking some assistance for the family. Education, research and family support is the focus of this organization.
In previous year, led by Komoka Kings volunteer the organization had held special events and
fundraising for the local Leukemia and Lymphoma Society so the Kings jumped on side and an event was organized to aid the family along with making the season special for Johnny and his family.
As Johnny is a hockey fan, loves fire trucks and the Grinch the event featured all of these for him. On Monday, December 21 a convoy set out from the local fire hall, two trucks with lights and sirens to his home. Joined their by friend and neighbors, the Grinch and Kings Owner, Roop, and Captain Blake McConnell-Barker, Alternate Captain Jake Howard, Matt Gough and Caleb Haalstra.
The informal event allowed for presenting cartons of food and gifts and allowing the kids to climb in and around a fire truck, get pics with Kings Players and just enjoy. The family were so pleased and thankful.
These two events portray what being a Komoka King stands for.