Christmas Surprise: Calgary Canucks Helps Bring Senior Stockings – Calgary | The Canadian News

Many Calgary seniors will be pleasantly surprised this Christmas as some young hockey players help the spirit of the season.

The Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League are partnering with Silvera for Seniors to help bring socks filled with small gifts for more than 1,400 Silvera residents of Calgary.

Seniors at Aspen Lodge have fond memories of 2020, when they woke up on Christmas morning to find stockings hanging on their doors.

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“We came across this tremendous surprise,” said Aspen Lodge resident Sally Yamchuk. “And for some more than for others it was really important, because they had no family.”

Silvera is collecting donations in several of its buildings, with more information on their website.

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The Silvera staff have some suggestions on what items to include in the stockings.

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“Socks or mittens: things that sometimes our residents cannot afford on their own with limited, fixed incomes,” said Silvera for Seniors CEO Arlene Adamson.

The Canucks have been spreading the word about the stocking campaign with a video posted on social media.

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The team has also been placing donation boxes at home games at Henry Viney Arena, with boxes again on Saturday December 18 as they head to the ice against the Canmore Eagles.

“COVID-19 is not completely over, but we can start helping the community again and it’s good at Christmas to give back,” said Canucks forward Matthew Brunton.

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Silvera officials said the Canucks’ support is important to the media effort.

“For the Canucks, stepping up like this is great leadership,” Adamson said. “It’s also a great relationship, for young people to reach out to older generations and say ‘You matter.’

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Residents of the Silvera buildings say that the support of the hockey team means a lot to them.

“Those little kids, who play on that team, I can’t thank them enough,” Aspen resident Therese Radcliffe said.

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