The Malik Report
by George Malik on 12/10/12 at 12:27 PM ET
I have to give the Red Wings major "props" for ensuring that while they can't combine charitable efforts with their players, the team's still employing Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, Chris Osgood, Jiri Fischer, Chris Chelios, Ken Holland, Mike Babcock and Ken Kal to fill the void in terms of charitable endeavors. Tomorrow (a.k.a. Tuesday, December 11th), the vast majority of the front office will be manning kettles for the Salvation Army across Metro Detroit, and the Wings just released the following press release regarding their annual commitment to the Salvation Army's "bed and bread" program:
KIRK MALTBY AND KEN KAL TO VOLUNTEER ON THE SALVATION ARMY’S BED & BED TRUCK
… Former Player and Radio Announcer to Serve Meals on Dec. 12 …
Detroit, MI… Former Detroit Red Wings player Kirk Maltby and radio play-by-play announcer Ken Kal will serve food and hot chocolate to Detroit neighbors in need from The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Truck this Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 11:45 a.m.
The Bed & Bread Truck will leave the Detroit Harbor Light facility shortly before noon with Maltby and Kal on board to go on its daily route. This year marks the fifth time the former player has volunteered on the Bed & Bread Truck since 2006. Through The Salvation Army Bed & Bread program, 5,000 meals are served each day to children, adults and seniors in Detroit’s hardest hit neighborhoods.
WHO: Former Player Kirk Maltby and Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Ken Kal
WHEN: 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012
WHERE: Acres of Hope – Detroit Harbor Light
3737 Lawton St.
Detroit, MI 48208
About The Salvation Army:
Founded by William and Catherine Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. This past year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit was involved in providing more than 3.2 million meals and more than 687,000 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.85 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us at http://www.salmich.org.
I may not agree with the decisions made by their ownership regarding the lockout, but the Wings deserve oodles of praise, from the top down, for making sure that their former players, coaches and management are working overtime to make sure that the team's charitable commitments will be fulfilled and represented by as much star power as the team can currently employ.
So many people are in need here in Metro Detroit, and the Wings haven't let the lockout slow their momentum down in terms of raising funds and awareness of the fact that our charitable organizations are being pushed to the breaking point at times when more and more people need their help.
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