As fall draws to a close and winter’s snow is on the wind’s fingertips, it seems the whole world prepares for the cold months. We prepare for holiday feasts, buy gifts for loved ones, and sit by roaring fire places. Bundling up for winter sports goes without saying.
We at Fox Valley Ice Arena have our own traditions. Every year we ‘deck our halls’ to bring out the festive attitude in our guests. The front desk twinkles with white lights. Santa’s sleigh sits in our lobby waiting for the man himself to don his seat and listen to wishes of little boys and girls.
But, of course, the holidays are about so much more than decorating and keeping ourselves jolly. They are time to give back to those less fortunate and to reconnect with friends.
That is why one of our most valued traditions is our partnership with Toys for Tots and Cal’s Angels. Partnered with Lurie Children’s hospital, Cal’s Angels is a local organization that helps bring happiness to those children who are battling pediatric cancer. Not only do they help support families with gas money, lodging and food, but they also supply every pediatric cancer patient with a toy.
One of the ways they do this is through their annual toy drive. The toys they collect last all year long and are given to each child who spends the night at one of Lurie’s hospitals. Popular toys include Barbies and other dolls, craft supplies, legos, vetch toys, playdough and action figures.
Fox Valley Ice Arena is again hosting a box for people to donate to this organization. If interested in giving back, stop by the front desk to drop off your toy and to show our appreciation we will give you a Buy One Get One Public Skate pass for an upcoming public skate.