Yale students raising money, giving back during holiday season

The Yale Hockey Academy was proud to raise $1,582 for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign.

All money raised will go directly back into the community to help fund local outreach programs for Abbotsford’s homeless and vulnerable residents.

Students raised the funds by volunteering their time at Highstreet Shopping Centre. Over three consecutive Saturdays, each team took turns manning all three available kettles over a four-hour period.

Money was also raised at the last home game of the year. The Salvation Army brass band came to Summit Centre to perform carols and play the national anthem ahead of the Bantam Prep teams’ game against the BWC Academy. Salvation Army Executive Director Ian Pollard was on hand to take part in a ceremonial puck drop. Kettle organizer Julianne Newell thanked YHA for its continued support and described the amount raised as a “fantastic” total.

Meanwhile, a few Elite 15 students also were in the giving mood during the holiday season.

Students Kyler Lewis, Byron Beytell-Johnson and Jayden Martin made their Academy and their community proud over the Christmas season. The boys volunteered their time on a Sunday afternoon to make sandwiches and deliver them to Abbotsford’s homeless.