Athlete Spotlight – O’Fallon teams exhibit the Christmas spirit

Pictured from left: Parker Johnson, Garrett Hagarty, Jack Gozard, Donavan Balisteri, Brandon Mayfield, Cody Wyatt, Chris (adopted family), Rodney (adopted family) Patrick Roy (Head Coach for OIHC), Sharron (adopted family), De’ahnah, Shaniyah, oldest daughter. (Submitted Photo)

Pictured from left: Parker Johnson, Garrett Hagarty, Jack Gozard, Donavan Balisteri, Brandon Mayfield, Cody Wyatt, Chris (adopted family), Rodney (adopted family) Patrick Roy (Head Coach for OIHC), Sharron (adopted family), De’ahnah, Shaniyah, oldest daughter. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Ice Hockey Club (OIHC) adopted a family from the O’Fallon VFW Post 305.

The hockey club had not done this community service before and wanted to help give back this year. The OIHC reached out to the Jeff Hastings at VFW to see if there was a family they could help with over the holiday season. The VFW informed the club of a family where the mom was in the hospital and the kids were being taken care of by the oldest daughter. There were five kids that needed help. The OIHC players reached out to their parents to obtain donations. The OIHC family rose over $600 for the family.  One Parent and a player and two coaches went shopping for the kids to try to fulfil their Christmas wish list.

Members of the O'Fallon Girls Volleyball team took time out of their busy holiday schedules to sing Christmas carols at a nearby nursing home for residents. (Submitted Photo)

Members of the O’Fallon Girls Volleyball team took time out of their busy holiday schedules to sing Christmas carols at a nearby nursing home for residents. (Submitted Photo)

After a lot of shopping and wrapping the OIHC met with the family at the VFW on December 18, 2016 to give them their presents.  The kids opened everything and were really thankful to all that was done. Since the OIHC raised so much money they also were able to help the family pay some of their outstanding bills.

The O’Fallon High School Girls Volleyball team also got into the Christmas spirit recently. The ladies went carolling at The Colonnade Senior Living, bringing joy and happiness to the residents.