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December 17, 2015 2:10 PM

With the economy down and Christmas on the way, the Lloydminster food bank’s services are in high demand.
So instead of charging regular admission to its last home game of the year, the Lloydminster Midget AAA Bobcats are simply asking for non-perishable food items so they can help give the food bank an extra boost.
Tracy Walker, father of Bobcats player Kobe Walker, said the idea came up when another parent suggested it and from there it didn’t take much more convincing.
“Lanna McGrath brought it to everybody’s attention that this was a good idea, and of course all the Bobcat parents jumped in and supported it,” Walker said.
McGrath is the mother of goaltender Austin McGrath.
Walker said the Lloydminster community has supported the midget Bobcats for years, especially with fundraisers like the Spaghetti Bash, which was used to raise money to send the team to the Mac’s Tournament taking place in Calgary from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
Now raising items for the food bank is just a way for the team to give back to the community.
“There was one email that said, because it’s Christmas, it definitely was good timing and they would be more than happy to accept,” said Walker.
The team usually gets a couple hundred people out to a game, he said, and they hope maybe the initiative will bring the numbers up a bit more.
With Lloydminster being a generous city when it comes to helping with various causes, he also said he thinks the food drive could be more successful than anticipated.
“Lloydminster is such a wonderful supportive community this could blow up into something big and we could get a couple truckloads of food,” he said.  “But anything that we can donate and help the community is what we’re after; to help people this time of year and just help people less-fortunate.”

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