The past month has been busy for LaGrange’s Street-Hockey League both on and off the rink.
Aside from the action up and down the rink, the group has been busy raising money for the Shaw family, who lost their home to a fire in May.
“When we found out they lost everything in the fire, we felt like we had to do something,” said the team’s chairman, Glenn Cunningham. “It’s the first time we’ve done something like that. It encouraged everyone to do the best that they could and they did well.”
Joseph Shaw, whose son Joseph Shaw Jr. plays with the hockey league, said the family completely lost their Dallas Mill Road home in a fire on May 10. Shaw and his wife had been out preparing for Mother’s Day. While their four children were at home, a stove fire spread throughout the residence. No one was injured.
“It was a heartbreaking day,” said Shaw. “I can replace everything else, but couldn’t replace my boys. I give the Lord all the praise that they’re OK.”
The family received shelter from the Red Cross for a few nights and Wingate by Wyndham gave the family rooms at half price for several weeks. They are now living in a camper until their home is rebuilt.
Shaw said he did not know the team had been raising money for his family.
“It was a shock to me,” he said. “My son called me the other day and told me that that they wanted us to come out on Sunday (to the game). You don’t realize that there are that any good people in the world. It’s a blessing to see what these people have done. It really helped me change my train of thought. From here on out I’m gonna do my best to try to help everybody.”
About 15 regulars of the hockey league sold raffle tickets for the fundraiser and raised $1,500, Cunningham said. Some of the raffled items included a shotgun donated by Full Metal Jacket, a trip to the North Georgia mountains, automotive care packages and other items donated from local businesses.
Shaw said the family plans to use the money towards appliances when their new house is built.
“It’s a tremendous help,” he said. “I’m overwhelmed with the support we’ve received.”
The LaGrange Street Hockey League plays on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Center. Anyone is welcome to join and equipment is provided.