The Wayne Hills High football team once again donated turkeys to the Father English Community Center, in Paterson. The players helped load the food on Nov. 22, at the high school.
While the Patriots’ season ended in the North 1, Group 4 semifinal a week ago, at Old Tappan, the team’s commitment to the needy wasn’t forgotten.
“There are people out there who need assistance, especially this time of year,” said Wayne Hills head coach, Wayne Demikoff. “We’ve tried to help in different capacities and providing food for those who need it, on Thanksgiving, was certainly a good feeling for our kids and this program.”
This year, the food was needed even more, as a fire destroyed the pantry at the Father English Community Center earlier this month.
Over the past year, the team has contributed its time and resources to Breast Cancer Awareness; St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; a fun run to aid autistic children; raising money for the players to go shopping at Toys-R-Us, to pick out holiday gifts for some youngsters at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, in Paterson; hurricane relief on the heels of the devastating storms this past summer, and donating money to the Health Partners Cancer Awareness Walk, with the proceeds benefiting St. Joseph Hospital, as well as funding scholarships for high school students in Wayne. And in December, the players will once again be shopping for gifts to give children at a local hospital.
“It’s important for our players to understand the need to help those in need,” said Demikoff. “We have good kids here, and I think they understand that giving to those less fortunate is what should define them as they move on in life.”