Finch family's hockey sale benefits local association
BY DENNY SCOTT
Last weekend, the Finch family of Blyth held a used equipment yard sale which raised money for the Blyth Brussels Minor Hockey Association.
Debb Finch told The Citizen that, over the years, her husband Robb has collected used hockey equipment wherever he could and that the family’s home soon became a “depot” for families that needed to find equipment.
“Hockey equipment can be very expensive, and by having this borrow/return option, many players return year after year,” she said. “Knowing that Robb collected used equipment, families also dropped off items as their kids grew or no longer played.”
She said the family stored the equipment on the second floor of the family’s garage and, wanting to reclaim the space, Robb decided to host the sale, which brought in $617 in donations for the association.
“Over 40 pairs of skates were sold, along with helmets, protective equipment, socks and practice jerseys,” she said, adding there 20 pairs of skates left over, alongside three large hockey bags of equipment. “We are currently looking for a First Nations community to donate the remaining items to.”
She said the family also has the “vintage” Blyth Bulldogs and Brussels Bulls jerseys that predate the Blyth Brussels Minor Hockey Association amalgamation. She says the family will be hanging on to them for now, but plan on selling them to raise money for the association at some point as well.