Players and brass from the Greater New York Ice Hockey League got a jump on hunger by organizing a holiday food drive for Brooklynites in need, and then dropped off the fruits of their labors at the Abe Stark Skating Rink in Coney Island in time for Thanksgiving.
League President Matthew Davie and wife Lisa presented the donations to a grateful Thomas Neve, founder and executive director of Reaching Out Community Services — a cash-strapped food pantry in Bensonhurst which serves more than 4,000 clients across south Brooklyn — on Nov. 22.
Neve had some food for thought about the warm-hearted ice gladiators.
“It’s well appreciated that there are groups out there that not only consider hunger an issue, but actually do something about it,” said the pantry boss, who was moved by the scale of the drive. “They came with a van full of food — everything from soup to nuts.”
Budget cuts have forced groups such as his to seek help wherever they can, added Neve.
“We’re depending more on organizations and schools to help us not turn away people.”
Reaching Out Community Services [7708 New Utrecht Ave. between 77th and 78th streets in Bensonhurst, (718) 373-4565], www.rcsprograms.org.Reach reporter Shavana Abruzzo at sabruzzo@c