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Holtby family donates $25,000 of food, joining teams' charitable efforts

Lightning, Canadiens, Red Wings, Hurricanes contributing supplies that will be turned into meals

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

As Washington Capitals goalie, Braden Holtby knows how to lend a helping hand. And that's exactly what he and wife Brandi are doing during the paused NHL season during the coronavirus pandemic.

The couple has personally donated $25,000 to the Capital Area Food Bank and have started a fundraiser on mightycause.com to help get another $10,000 over the next month.

Capital Area Food Bank works with over 450 other non-profit organizations in the region to provide over 30 million meals each year to those in need.

The couple aren't the only ones from the League getting involved.

The Montreal Canadiens donated their entire March allotment of food, sending more than 13,000 pounds of food that was not being used at Bell Centre to Montreal-area food banks.

General manager Marc Bergevin even assisted in moving the food to the trucks for shipping.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: The Canadiens have donated over 13,000 pounds of food that would have been used during the team���s home games in March.Fans looking to help members of the population most in need are encouraged to make a donation to @moissonMTL.������ https://t.co/h8JACN8nr7 pic.twitter.com/0V8NZIZthl

The team partnered with Moisson Montreal, a nonprofit Quebec-based food bank, and are soliciting food and financial donations to help feed people in need during the pandemic.

The Ilitch Companies have partnered with Forgotten Harvest of the metro Detroit area to donate over 6,500 pounds of food from Little Caesars Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings and 23 pallets of food, 6,000 sanitizing wipes and 6,000 vinyl sanitary gloves from MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Tweet from @IlitchCompanies: Banding together and supporting our community is critical during this time. We���re encouraged by the generosity of many and are thankful for the opportunity to donate supplies to those in need. https://t.co/Ifu9Qj7iah

The home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Amalie Arena, is sending 18 pallets of food and beverage to Metropolitan Ministries and Feeding Tampa Bay.

Tweet from @AmalieArena: Our organization is doing everything we can to support our community during these difficult and uncertain times. We were prepared to serve food to the thousands of guests in March over multiple events at Amalie Arena. Because our arena is not currently in service, we were.. [1] pic.twitter.com/XCRBQTPPVZ

The Carolina Hurricanes food service, VAB Catering, is sending food to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, a Raleigh-based non-profit organization.

Tweet from @Canes: Today, PNC Arena���s food service VAB Catering made a large food donation to the Inter-Faith Food ShuttleThe Raleigh-based non-profit is focused on providing emergency food to families affected by the Coronavirus crisis pic.twitter.com/r6tpqrwi1A

This is the latest in a growing trend that sawthe Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins make large food donations earlier this week.

-NHL.com Staff Writer Pat Pickens contributed to this report.

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