UTICA – The AHL season might be on pause, but the Utica Comets organization kept its annual turkey delivery tradition alive. Monday, players from the Utica Jr. Comets and members of the Comets staff helped deliver 250 turkeys to the Utica Rescue Mission to help local families in need during the holiday season.
Players from the NCDC Junior Team and the 16U Jr. Comets helped unload turkeys from cars, courtesy of Don’s Ford. The 250 turkeys were purchased by the Save of the Day Foundation through donations from Don’s Ford and George Murad.
The Utica Jr. Comets who participated in the program for the first time were able to see firsthand the effect they can have on local families by donating time and efforts.
“Just because there’s no hockey yet this year doesn’t mean we stop giving back to our community,” said Comets President Robert Esche. “In some ways, this year is even more special, because we get to put the younger players in the shoes of the professionals to see what their futures can look like. And any time we are able to help local families, especially during a pandemic, we are eager to do so.”
“We are so grateful for the Utica Comets and the Save of the Day Foundation in our eighth year of the turkey delivery,” said Ernie Talerico, director of operations with the Utica Rescue Mission.
Founded in 1980, the Rescue Mission “endeavors to assess and meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of all people coming for assistance.” The Rescue Mission is open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.