After churning out a five-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League win streak, outscoring the opposition by a 24-12 count, the Nelson Leafs are turning wins on the ice into success off the ice by partnering with the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation to raise funds for the local charity.
Starting November 1, the public can now donate to the KLHF by returning refundable bottles and cans to the Leafs Recycling Centre behind Nelson Ford.
For years the Nelson Leafs Recycling Centre has serviced the KLHF bin at the Lakeside transfer station, and during that time a total of $77,000 has been raised.
However, the bin operation is no longer feasible and has been closed.
From now on, a portion of all returnable donations to the Nelson Leafs at the bottle depot will be given to the KLHF as the depot continues its mandate to support local charities and institutions.
For the customer, this means no sorting and no more trying to stuff bottles and cans into the Lakeside bin. Simply drop returnable items off at the depot and you will continue to support the KLHF.
The Leafs, fresh from a pair of weekend road wins over Grand Forks (2-1) and Castlegar (7-3), travel to the Sunflower City Wednesday to meet the Rebels in the Sunflower City.
Nelson returns home to host Grand Forks Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.