An Edmonton woman has returned the kindness that Vegas Golden Knights fans showed to Edmonton’s vulnerable population by making a pizza donation of her own.
Lauren Hunter, a radio host with Sonic 102.9, has made a personal donation of $200 USD to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) to pay for over a dozen pizzas from a local Nevada pizzeria. The gift comes after the Vegas Golden Knights donated multiple pizzas to Boyle Street for several weeks while the team was in Edmonton for the NHL bubble. After the Golden Knights were eliminated from the playoffs, the team’s fans raised enough money to donate close to 600 pizzas to Boyle Street.
“When the Vegas Golden Knights did this incredible gesture in the first place, it was just something really positive and happy that we can all rally around and I thought, how can we continue the kindness,” said Hunter. “How can we just inspire other people to keep the kindness going?”
NPHY is an organization focused on providing supports for homeless youth in southern Nevada. It showed its gratitude online by posting a photo of three stacks of pizza on a table outside of its shelter.
“Thank you, Lauren and the rest of the Edmontonians for caring for our hometown team and our community,” the organization wrote.
Hunter’s gesture was picked up by several hockey blogs dedicated to the Golden Knights, leading to a Thursday night shout-out from the NHL team and a response from the Edmonton Oilers.
The Knights wrote a five-tweet thread acknowledging the donation.
“Six-hundred pizzas were donated to Edmonton’s homeless population thanks to you,” the team wrote to their followers. “This week, Edmontonians were inspired to return the gesture so they donated pizzas to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. Just a reminder that kindness always wins.”
The Oilers Twitter account responded, saying “Nothing bonds division rivals like pizza and kindness.”
Hunter said she never expected to catch the eye of the clubs. She said after experiencing a personal loss recently herself, it was great just to help bring some positivity to others.
“It was just kind of something that was fun to put out there in the world when I know people are going through a rough time,” said Hunter. “I can only imagine, you know, homeless kids and how hard this time must be for them. So it was just a way to just kind of put something out there, hopefully positive into the world.”