With the season to give thanks just around the corner, a group of New York Islanders wives and girlfriends took it upon themselves to give back to the local community by volunteering at three different Long Island service organizations last week.
New York Islanders Community Relations Manager Ann Rina organized the volunteer days at the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in Smithtown and the Mary Brennan Inn Soup Kitchen in Hempstead.
Cory Conacher’s fiancée Shannon attended all three events and said the wives and girlfriends really enjoyed taking the time to support the community by giving back.
“Many of us are new to the community and we wanted to get to know a few different organizations and how the Islanders Foundation helps different people,” she said. “We really appreciated being able to help.”
At the North Shore Animal Shelter, the group bathed newly-rescued animals and spoke with prospective owners looking for the perfect new pet to adopt. The tour of the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind ended with a little puppy playtime, a feature highly anticipated by the wives and girlfriends.
They giving group shifted their focus for the final event, organizing clothing and toy donations before serving a hot lunch at the Mary Brennan Inn Soup Kitchen. After serving lunch, the ladies helped organize a pantry, pulling out Thanksgiving foods to be prepared for the upcoming holiday. Similar to the players, the wives and girlfriends bound together to form a team to support one another and the community at large.
“It’s nice for girls to not always have to be in the arena and instead get out in the community to bond on a different level,” Shannon said. “The girls end up getting to know each other through a love of animals and a love of helping people. There are always good laughs. It’s just a different environment.”
The Islanders wives and girlfriends wanted to show their appreciation for the community that’s become their home. Helping rescued animals and serving a hot meal to the less fortunate was a good way to start.