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Thunderbolts volunteer at Ronald McDonald House

11/28/2017 9:47 AM -

The Evansville Thunderbolts were out spreading a little holiday cheer on Monday, Nov. 27 as the team spent the afternoon at Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley decorating the facility for Christmas.


“It’s always nice to get out in the community,” said Defenseman and Captain Cory Melkert.  “To be able to do something like this is pretty special.”           


Ronald McDonald House offers a safe place for families to stay when they have a child in the hospital.  The facility offers a respite from hospital waiting rooms and provides many comforts of home, such as beds, showers, home-cooked meals, laundry facilities and more.


"It’s a great feeling,” said Thunderbolts' Center Chase Nieuwendyk.  “You see (the kids) light up when they see the decorations and a couple of presents under the tree and everything, and they get real excited.  It seems like just this little one day when you can do this for them makes the whole experience here a lot better for them."


The Thunderbolts’ holiday spirit continues on Friday, as Evansville hosts Knoxville for the annual Teddy Bear Toss at Ford Center.  Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used stuffed animals to throw onto the ice after the Thunderbolts score their first goal.  The stuffed animals will be collected and donated to the Salvation Army.


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About Evansville Thunderbolts: The Evansville Thunderbolts is the area’s only professional hockey team.  The Thunderbolts are a proud member of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).  The team is owned and operated by VW Sports, L.L.C, a subsidiary of VenuWorks, Inc.

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