Donning their team uniforms, Sky View High School hockey team members brought boxes full of donated toys and office supplies to the Child & Family Support Center in Logan on Tuesday.
“This is so neat. Wow!” said Executive Director Esterlee Molyneux as the young men walked in to drop off the donations that afternoon before a game.
Nathaniel Henrie, Sky View’s hockey club president, explained that when his teammates held their annual Christmas party this week, they decided they’d buy gifts to donate to the center instead of to give to each other.
“As the president of the club, I wanted to do something different, and my dad has always talked about leaving your legacy on the team; looking back five or 10 years, people can say this is what we did,” said Henrie, a junior. “What I’d really love to see is other teams seeing this and coming up with their own ideas for next year. It will keep going and, hopefully, this will become an annual effort for teams around the valley.”
Founded in 1982, the Child & Family Support Center of Cache County is a nonprofit resource center for kids, adults, couples and families that aims to prevent child abuse. Molyneux leads the center, which offers educational and therapeutic services and a 24-hour Crisis Nursery and Respite Nursery for clients in Cache and Rich counties.
Molyneux noted that the center maintains a wishlist of items year-round, but items needed during the holidays are particularly important, and the center usually sees an increase at that time.
“It’s hard to share with our community the significance of these donations,” she said. “The generosity of the community is literally what keeps us going. We go through a lot of supplies.”
Molyneux said Child & Family Support Services usually sees an increase in donations during the holidays.
“What we’re able to do is use immediately what we need and then save other items,” she said.
The executive director noted that donations like the ones from the Sky View hockey team will be critical once the center opens a new addition in Hyrum; that effort is being completed through volunteers. A third site in Smithfield is planned, Molyneux said.
“Our community has always been most generous in supporting what we’ve done for over 30 years,” she said. “The reason for the additional locations is because our community is growing. Families are facing more challenges. We feel our moral and ethical responsibility is to be a resource for families in our community, and we’re able to do that by easily accessible services.”