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Yarmouth Mariners spread holiday cheer delivering gingerbread houses to The Meadows and its residents

YARMOUTH, N.S. – It seemed appropriate that the posted joke of the day at The Meadows senior-care facility was the following: “What did the gingerbread man do when he hurt his knee?”

“He tried icing it.”

That’s because like the daily joke that brings a smile to people’s faces, so too did a visit by the Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners hockey team. Players went to The Meadows on Dec. 7 to deliver and donate gingerbread houses to the residents.

The gingerbread houses were made the evening before by the players and their buddies through the Icy Knights program.

Delivery and donation of the gingerbread houses to The Meadows has become an annual tradition and Mariners captain Duncan McKie said it is a great tradition.

“It’s always nice to come into a facility like this. It made them happy so that is always nice to see,” he said. “It’s almost like the same thing for the Icy Knights, it’s really great to see them happy.”

The Icy Knights program sees Mariners players teamed up with youth and young adults who have physical or mental challenges or disabilities. Throughout the hockey season the players and young people get together weekly for different types of activities.

“Sometimes we play board games or we’ll go bowling. We’ll do arts and crafts stuff and just hang out with team an hour and a half each week,” explains player Matt Barron, whose sister Natalie is involved with the program.

Player Ben Chipman had been at The Meadows the previous year, as well,

when the gingerbread houses were delivered to the residents and said it’s a nice opportunity for interaction between the players and the community.

“It’s a pretty rewarding experience,” he said.

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