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Island team gives back to Jeneece Place

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Team donated gift cards, pre-made meals and baked foods.

Families at Jeneece Place received a surprise over the weekend, when players from the Comox Valley Chiefs donated gift cards, food and homemade baked goods days before Christmas.

“I think the idea of kids helping kids is really cool,” said team manager Trevor Pritoula, as players from the peewee A team toured the facility next to Victoria General Hospital on Sunday. “They [the kids] get it, they understand that their efforts can mean a lot to someone when they’re in that position.”

The team is participating in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, a national contest put on by Chevrolet and Hockey Canada to challenge peewee teams to make an impact in their community. The winning team receives a ceremony in its hometown, practice with a hockey ambassador and $15,000 to be donated to their charity of choice.

Families at Jeneece Place received a surprise over the weekend, when players from the Comox Valley Chiefs donated gift cards, food and homemade baked goods days before Christmas.

“I think the idea of kids helping kids is really cool,” said team manager Trevor Pritoula, as players from the peewee A team toured the facility next to Victoria General Hospital on Sunday. “They [the kids] get it, they understand that their efforts can mean a lot to someone when they’re in that position.”

The team is participating in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, a national contest put on by Chevrolet and Hockey Canada to challenge peewee teams to make an impact in their community. The winning team receives a ceremony in its hometown, practice with a hockey ambassador and $15,000 to be donated to their charity of choice.

Through a bottle drive and other fundraisers, the Chiefs raised roughly $1,500 during the past month, which was donated to You Are Not Alone (YANA), which helps Comox Valley families that need to travel to access medical treatment for their children. The money was then used to purchase gift cards, pre-made meals, toiletries and video games, which were donated to families at Jeneece Place.

Kristina Maximick is one of 10 people who will benefit from the donation. The Comox Valley resident has been living at Jeneece Place for the past two months, after learning her babies are monoamniotic twins, a condition in which they share the same amniotic sac. However, their umbilical cords can get tangled, resulting in a high-risk pregnancy in which only 50 per cent of twins survive.

Maximick gave birth to two healthy twin girls, but will continue to live at Jeneece Place for the foreseeable future.

“It’s amazing. It’s a very thoughtful act of kindness and much appreciated because you don’t always have time to prepare things to eat,” Maximick said of the donation. Her son, Walker, also played with the Chiefs two years ago.

For the players involved, the initiative has left a lasting impression. “It made me feel great because I really like giving to other people,” said 11-year-old forward Morgan Jackson.

The team will be submitting a one-minute video to Hockey Canada for the Good Deeds Cup by Dec. 31. The winner will be selected in the new year.

Through a bottle drive and other fundraisers, the Chiefs raised roughly $1,500 during the past month, which was donated to You Are Not Alone (YANA), which helps Comox Valley families that need to travel to access medical treatment for their children. The money was then used to purchase gift cards, pre-made meals, toiletries and video games, which were donated to families at Jeneece Place.

Kristina Maximick is one of 10 people who will benefit from the donation. The Comox Valley resident has been living at Jeneece Place for the past two months, after learning her babies are monoamniotic twins, a condition in which they share the same amniotic sac. However, their umbilical cords can get tangled, resulting in a high-risk pregnancy in which only 50 per cent of twins survive.

Maximick gave birth to two healthy twin girls, but will continue to live at Jeneece Place for the foreseeable future.

“It’s amazing. It’s a very thoughtful act of kindness and much appreciated because you don’t always have time to prepare things to eat,” Maximick said of the donation. Her son, Walker, also played with the Chiefs two years ago.

For the players involved, the initiative has left a lasting impression. “It made me feel great because I really like giving to other people,” said 11-year-old forward Morgan Jackson.

The team will be submitting a one-minute video to Hockey Canada for the Good Deeds Cup by Dec. 31. The winner will be selected in the new year.

~ Victoria News

Christmas Crackers sold out

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Thank you to everyone who added these beauties to your holiday traditions! We are sold out in all locations.

Did you know that Comox Valley Nissan have provided courtesy vehicles to some of our YANA families when they are urgently required for a medical trip?  It means so much to us to have Nissan to turn to in these circumstances and means everything to the families helped!

It is really heartwarming when we get to see kids helping kids and our local Pee Wee hockey team have done just that!  Thank you for the good deeds you are doing in your community and for the compassion you are showing through your special contribution to YANA this holiday season. A shout-out to Strathcona Ortho Solutions and to an anonymous donor who matched the team’s effort with additional donations!

Thank you to the Comox Valley Realtors who once again included YANA in their holiday festivities, we are grateful.

Thank you to Kelly and Robbie Rusk who turn their volunteer time into funds for YANA through a special program offered through Investors Group. Your efforts are very much appreciated!

Toshikan Martial Arts did a fundraiser for YANA with karate students performing 108 kata, impressive!

Sincere appreciation to Mark the Gold Guy for donating a beautiful diamond ring valued at $3,390! Thank you also to Tim Haley from Simply Timeless for donating the appraisal. This dynamite duo have been donating the grand prize for the YANA Christmas Crackers for as long as we can remember and we are so grateful!

Much appreciation to St. Michael’s Chapel who recently provided a donation in support of local children and families.

Sincere thanks to McKinnon Photography for sharing time and talent with YANA over the last months. We are very grateful for your commitment to children’s health through your involvement and appreciate your efforts very much!