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Community: Hurricanes Serve Meal at Kids' Café

Monday, 12.5.2011 / 1:57 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Gabby Pinto
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Community: Hurricanes Serve Meal at Kids\' Caf\u00E9


It’s that time of year that keeps on giving. The kids and staff at the Kids’ Café in downtown Raleigh felt a little bit of that giving from the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk, along with some of the Community Relations staff, took a trip to one of the Kids’ Café locations to hang out with the kids, give homework tips and help serve dinner. 

Gabby Pinto
The Kids’ Café is a branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina that gives children a place to go after school to do homework, get a little physical activity and eat a healthy meal cooked on site. The Food Bank was one of the beneficiaries of our 2011 Food Drive, and Kids Café was a 2011 grant recipient of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation's fall grant cycle. A group from the Kids Café attended the game on Nov. 29 for our Kids ‘N Community Foundation night. We decided to keep the ball rolling and visit them on our November Canes’ Community Day!

The eagerness and warmth of the staff made us feel right at home. They prepared us for the excitement of the kids, many of who kept their tickets from the game the night before in hopes to get them signed by the visiting players. 

As the kids walked in, they immediately flocked to the young players. They talked about hockey, sports in general and normal kid things, like school and what they like to do for fun. It was clear that the kids connected to the players and felt that they were able to ask them anything. A few kids even utilized Jeff's adding and subtracting expertise to help with their homework.

While the food was being prepared by the staff with help from a couple of the kids, Jeff and Justin sat at the tables with the rest of the group to sign “Let's Go Canes!” posters. Two of the girls wore their Eric’s Entourage t-shirts that they had received last year at a game they attended in Eric Staal’s charity suite. It is a moment like this where you can see that the Hurricanes' impact in our community is not a one-time impression; the girls will always remember the Canes and the time we spent with them.  

The day rolled along with lots of pictures, baby-holding, the serving and blessing of a delicious meal and even Jeff doing push-ups to show the kids different ways to stay active. We are thrilled to have been able to spend the day talking and hanging out with the kids. 

During this holiday season, remember that giving is abundant, and you might be surprised at what you may receive in return. For us, it was the new friendships we made and lives we may have impacted that touched our hearts.

We would like to thank all of our Kids ‘N Community Foundation supporters for making our donation to the Kids’ Café possible. It is our supporters that make our impact possible!

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 53 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 51 12 19 1 31
K. Versteeg 52 10 21 1 31
J. Skinner 53 18 12 -3 30
J. Staal 53 12 18 7 30
E. Staal 53 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 53 8 16 -8 24
A. Nestrasil 46 7 12 -1 19
J. Nordstrom 42 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 53 3 11 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 5 .905 2.43
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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