In a time of need, the Buffalo Sabres and hundreds of volunteers joined together at the First Niagara Center to do their part in giving back. As YNN's Kate McGowan explains, the effort helps thousands of families both locally and downstate.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo is known as the 'City of Good Neighbors.' To build on that legacy, area volunteers showed their willingness to help.
"What we're doing here today is trying to feed the people who are hungry right in our hometown," said Steve Biegner from Lutheran Charities of Western New York.
Where the ice usually sits, hundreds gathered and packed boxes of food. The main item was macaroni and cheese.
The Buffalo Sabres Foundation and even a few players themselves helped out, along with Lutheran Charities of Western New York.
"We have 38,000 kids that are hungry everyday. They don't know where their next healthy meal is coming from so this group of awesome volunteers behind me are spending the day here," said Biegner. "We're packaging 40,000 meals."
One volunteer said, "It's so important that I took my son out of school today so he could understand and look at the bigger picture that you know, we are a city of good neighbors and we want to help not just those in Buffalo but outside as well."
Those behind the effort said there's not just a need here but also downstate, where communities were devastated by superstorm Sandy and the latest nor'easter storm.
"5,000 of these meals we are putting together are going to New York and New Jersey to help the victims of Sandy," said former player, Rob Ray.
And though the NHL lockout has put the current hockey season on halt, players said when there's a need.. there's a way.
Ray commented, "The lockout is going on right now and that doesn't stop the real world. The game is a game, it's a business but it's not reality sometimes and this is what it's all about."
All meals were shipped out Friday evening.