Stampeders Foundation helps Airdrie Food Bank
Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 10:29 am
A big man known for wearing red stopped by the Airdrie Food Bank on Dec. 13 to drop off a truckload of frozen turkeys and hams.
It wasn’t Santa Claus, but Calgary Stampeders’ Defensive Tackle Corey Mace, who came from Calgary to lend a helping hand to the food bank and Airdrie families who may not be able to afford to prepare a Christmas turkey dinner.
Mace spearheaded the initiative through the Calgary Stampeders Foundation, the football organization’s charitable arm.
“I proposed this turkey drive to the Stampeders Foundation and they’ve always been really great with helping out my ideas,” said Mace. “They helped me reach out to Airdrie and the food bank.”
Airdrie Food Bank Executive Director Lori McRitchie and Mace shared cupcakes at the food bank, while the defensive lineman talked about how contagious McRitchie’s enthusiasm and excitement were when she found out the Stampeders Foundation would be lending them a hand.
“When we called the food bank, you could tell how excited they were to have us on board,” said Mace. “How can you not want to help out, this is the city of Calgary backing the city of Airdrie and I know we’ve got a lot of Stampeders fans up here who drive down to support us, so we want to give back in any way that we can.”
Airdrie Food Bank Executive Director Lori McRitchie was thrilled to have Mace and the Stampeders Foundation on board to help out at one of the busiest times of the year.
“Our freezer was sitting empty and he (Mace) reached out to us and came up here to fill it for us and it’s going to make a lot of families happy this Christmas,” said McRitchie. “He’s such a nice guy and it was so nice to meet, I really have to thank the Stampeders Foundation.”
Mace made the trip in a truck filled with more than 25 frozen turkeys and hams and unloaded them from the truck to the freezer, braving chilly winds. His player profile has Mace listed at 6’3 and 280 pounds, and he joked about the role that food has played in his life and its significance.
“You look at the size of me, I obviously like to eat,” said Mace. “Like any kid, I always looked forward to presents at Christmas time, but my best memories all come from sitting at the dinner table with family and friends, enjoying a great meal. Hopefully with this donation we can create some memories for families in Airdrie.”