Kids “Shop with the Rush” for holiday presents for siblings and parents
Kids of all ages were there, as well as, everyone from the Rapid City Rush.
What was Shop with the Rush?
It was a chance for kids in low-income families to pick out some holiday presents for either themselves, friends or family.
After picking out a few items and checking out, kids were able to enjoy some pizza, wrap presents and talk with players and staff.
Who was there?
There were 17 kids that got the chance to shop with the Rapid City Rush.
For the team, everyone was there. Coaches were there, all the players and even Nugget wandered through the aisles.
Photos of the Rapid City Rush shopping with kids:
Do the kids know the players?
Adam Carlson, goalie for the Rapid City Rush, says that they know them all by name.
“We got our name tags, but we can throw them in the garbage and the kids would still know exactly who we are,” he said. “It’s a very cool feeling. There’s nothing better than to give back to kids, especially the kids that want to buy for their brothers and sisters. It just shows how big hearts people still have in this world.”
How did they enjoy their time?
“It’s been fun walking around here, checking out what they’ve got in their shopping car. I know some of them came with some lists; they were armed and ready. They knew what they wanted,” Valerie Webster, vice president of business development for the Rapid City Rush, said. “One kid, I know he got the last kind of truck in the store that he was looking for. So definitely some really excited kids and I think we just hope that we can make Christmas a little bit brighter for them.”
Why is this event important?
“Just being able to give back, one is cool for us, but I mean making an impact in the community. But I think it makes a bigger impact in the homes and be able to shop around with one of the Rush players I think is a pretty cool experience as a kid,” Carlson said. “We’re not NHLers, but we do get paid to play the game. So, I guess we’re kind of cool. But it’s a pretty cool experience to be able to give back to the community, at least for us. This is the stuff that we want to do, like this is the really special, feel good stuff. So we really appreciate this and the opportunity and then I’m sure the kids do as well.”