Three Aberdeen Wings players and their billet family recently made a food donation to Safe Harbor's food pantry. #14 Erik Gollenbeck (Mannheim, Germany), #12 Austin Heakins (Pittsburgh, PA), and #25 Lennart Palausch (Mannheim, Germany) were asked by their billet family, Larry and Robin Hanson to take $50 that the family gave them to a local grocery store and gather as much non-perishable food as they could to make a food donation to Safe Harbor.
Safe Harbor is an organization in the Aberdeen community and surrounding area that provides shelter and resources to those in crisis situations. Family violence, child abuse, suicide, elder abuse, and sexual assault are a reality within every community. These issues know no economic, social, age, racial or religious boundaries. To achieve their goal, Safe Harbor will provide a non-judgmental, supportive environment, respecting the dignity and well-being of those they assist. Their philosophy does not condone violence of any kind. Safe Harbor also operates a food pantry for those affected by domestic violence, family abuse, or misplacement.
October 26th, the Aberdeen Wings organization held a night to honor Safe Harbor and their efforts. The night featured a game against Brookings and the entire roster for the Aberdeen Wings wore special purple jerseys to commemorate the evening. Immediately following the game, each jersey was auctioned off to the over 1,300 fans in attendance. The Aberdeen Wings organization will take the total money raised off the auction, minus the cost of jerseys and present a check from the Aberdeen Wings Foundation to Safe Harbor at a future home game. Keep checking this website for the date.