January 26, 2017

Stamps serve up belated holiday meal

Alex Singleton and Quinn Smith join in on Christmas carols during the CUPS Christmas in January event on Jan. 25, 2017 (Photo by Max Campbell)

For the second time in four weeks, five Stampeders players got to help celebrate Christmas on the 25th day of the month.

On Wednesday evening at CUPS, Charlie Power, Alex Singleton, Quinn Smith, Adam Thibault and Spencer Wilson visited the Calgary Urban Project Society to deliver a hot meal to low-income Calgarians, many of whom were unable to take in a traditional feast over the holidays.

Wilson, the Stamps’ official player representative for CUPS, was joined by Singleton and Smith in scooping mashed potatoes, chicken and pasta while Power and Thibault were put in charge of the beverages. The Hyatt Regency graciously provided the necessary food and staff.

Approximately 200 local citizens were not only treated to a full plate of food, but also essential supplies such as toiletries, toques and socks. Stampeders clothing that had been previously donated to CUPS was up for grabs, as well.

In keeping with the Christmas spirit, the New West Symphony and Chorus sang a series of carols throughout the event. Singleton and Smith even joined in with the group to close out their performance.

In addition, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi made an appearance, addressing the group at large before mingling with the guests.

Christmas in January was also celebrating its 25th year after CUPS saw an increase of nearly 1,000 individuals requiring its services in 2016.