Over this past weekend, Generals players and staff participated in Christmas for Kids of Lane County, a yearly event aimed at providing support during the holidays for underpriviledged children and families throughout Eugene, Springfield, and Lane County.
On Saturday, members of the Generals were on hand at Kendall Auto Collision Center to assist in wrapping gifts and preparing presents for those in need, a massive community effort that resulted in hundreds of presents being donated and meticulously wrapped. Generals owner Ken Evans led the way lending helping hand, even giving advice (and a few critiques) to the Generals players that were wrapping presents.
On Sunday, members of the Generals returned to help serve breakfast while "Santa" made a special appearance. In addition to Santa being on-hand for the festivities, Generals mascot Victor-E made an appearance, along with his friends Sluggo from the Eugene Emeralds baseball team, and the famous Oregon Duck.
"Although for less economic able families, any time of the year can be a challenge," said Evans, "but the holiday season adds a dimension of stress to the mix. Christmas for Kids, through the work of the volunteers, provides that little extra support that helps families going through tough times during the holidays."
Foundations and organizations supported by Christmas for Kids include the Boys and Girls Club, Relief Nursery, First Place Family Development Center, and Womenspace. Christmas for Kids' self-described mission is to help during the holidays by providing more than just clothes and toys, but also spreading holiday happiness and momories that will last a lifetime.
"The event was pretty incredible," Evans continued. "It's a little hard to describe the beehive of activity during the present wrapping stage, organizing the present bags and preparing the auto showroom into a Santa's greeting area and breakfast cafe. It anything looked like a santa's toy shop, this would have been it. The organization was amazing and the number of volunteers was equally amazing. The Generals have always advocated for the growth and development of its players, not only on the ice but off the ice as well. Having an awareness of your community and the activities, needs, and wants in that community can bring a more full perspectice to the players. This perspective includes knowing that you may have to practice hard and put in time to improve yourself, but also that there are many in the community that aren't in your position and that by just your small actions, you may provide support and happiness for youngsters that they are looking for in moving forward and doing great things in their lives."
With the holidays rappidly approaching, there's never a shortage of need for support at Christmas for Kids of Lane County. Hurry and learn how you can help brighten the holidays for those in need by volunteering or donating today.