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Capitals Hosted a Skating Party for 25 Underprivileged Families

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals Charities and the Caps hosted the 25 families that the Capitals players’ wives and girlfriends shopped for during the holiday season through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program on Dec. 27, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Quintin and Amy Laing, Shaone Morrisonn, Jeff Schultz and Mackenzie Keeley, David and Diondra Steckel and Slapshot skated with the children and their families before enjoying pizza provided by Rocco’s Italian Restaurant. This was some of the children’s first time on skates. The Capitals players and their wives helped the kids around the ice and taught them some new skills.
“This was such a special day for the children and for my wife who got to see some of the kids she shopped for,” said David Steckel. “You can see the kids are having a fun time which is the most important thing.”
On Nov. 17 Rachel Fehr, Mackenzie Keeley and Diondra Steckel shopped for bikes, books, clothes, electronics and toys, spending $275 on each child. The parents and guardians received Target and local grocery store gift certificates. By the end of the day the wives and girlfriends filled up 40 shopping carts and five SUVs with toys, clothes and presents for a total of more than $23,000.
The Angel Tree Program

The success of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program depends on volunteers who agree to adopt and purchase gifts for an angel. For many of the families who turn to The Salvation Army for help, the toys and clothes they receive through the Angel Tree Program are the only gifts their children will have to open on Christmas morning. Last year, more than 20,724 individuals received emergency holiday assistance through the Angel Tree Program throughout the National Capital Area. Of that number, 5,266 children from 2,226 families were in the District. This year, The Salvation Army’s goal is to help a total of more than 25,000 individuals throughout the National Capital Area and they anticipate providing holiday assistance to more than 6,000 children through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program within the District.
Washington Capitals Charities
Created in 2000, Washington Capitals Charities is the nonprofit entity of the Washington Capitals. The Washington Capitals and Washington Capitals Charities are dedicated to the enhancement and development of the community that has supported them for so many years. Washington Capitals Charities offers unique resources and programs to other charities and organizations on behalf of the Washington Capitals.
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