Island hockey club volunteers to mow lawns for seniors and front line workers amid pandemic

Island hockey club volunteers to mow lawns for seniors and front line workers amid pandemic
The Nanaimo Clippers staff will mow senior's lawns for free amid pandemic

Members of the Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club are trading in their suits for overalls to help seniors with their lawns during COVID-19.

The club will be offering lawn services, like mowing or weeding, at no cost for seniors and front line workers in the Nanaimo area.

This is not the first initiative taken by the team during the pandemic. The hockey organization has been quite active since the end of their season, implementing programs for children like Teaching Tuesdays, Thankful Thursdays and Easter Deliveries.

“We’ve done a lot for our younger fans,” said team governor and general manager Tali Campbell, “Then we realized the majority of our fan base is a senior demographic, and I thought, ‘what can we do?'”

So Campbell and coaching staff will be lending a helping hand, or lawnmower, to anyone in need of lawn maintenance who cannot do it themselves.

“We are offering this to seniors, front line workers and anyone who isn’t able to mow their lawn right now.” Campbell added “we offer this type of stuff because the only way we will get through this, is helping one another.”

It’s a community effort, as the hardware store Lowes has donated a lawnmower to the team to help with this initiative.

The team manager came up with the idea while driving, when he saw an overgrown lawn and wondered if the owner was not able to mow it due to COVID-19 and isolation rules.
“I don’t know if it was due to COVID or not, but it got me thinking about how we could help seniors and front line workers who are affected by it,” explained Campbell.
The entire process is physical contact-free. Just email Campbell and he will arrange a time for them to stop by and mow the lawn without the owner having to come outside.
If you are interested in receiving lawn help during this time email [email protected].
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