Peterborough business holding hockey equipment drive for First Nations kids

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Those who want to pass on their gently used hockey gear to kids who need it can do so at an equipment drive the first week of December.

Brain Atkins of Total Construction Management in Peterborough wants to help First Nations communities get hockey equipment so he has organized an event for Dec. 5 at the company's location at 169 Lansdowne St. E, from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Most of the gear is for smaller kids, but we have already gotten a few items for older players,” said Atkins. Although he does have a few items on hand, Atkins says he cannot accept equipment prior to the drive due to space.

“I have some equipment that’s in my vehicle, but I would rather wait until the day of the drive,’’ he says. Atkins says items like skates, good condition hockey sticks and goalie equipment are needed.

“We will take whatever people have in equipment, new or used,” he adds.

The hockey equipment drive is also being held in other cities in the province such as Whitby and Kitchener. Atkins says those equipment drives are quite successful and he says he has seen the positive effects of the drive and wanted to do something in Peterborough.

“This is a first for the City of Peterborough,” he says. To follow all COVID-19 safety measures, Atkins says for those who are going to donate can stay in their cars the day of the event, between the hours listed and the team will remove the equipment.

TCM helps First Nations communities rebuild homes, construct community centres, renovate existing homes and complete construction as well as train homeowners how to maintain their homes and buildings after the work is complete.

He says the team is dedicated in providing sustainable and self-sufficient structures for the communities they work in.

“What a better way to give back than through hockey, and I’m just happy kids will have equipment to use to play hockey.”

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Peterborough This Week