Upper Deck celebrated Veteran’s Day by announcing a donation of over 6,000 packs of new NHL trading cards to a charity that helps children of military families to play hockey. Defending the Blue Line provides free hockey equipment and access to hockey camps at no cost to participants. And to help these young hockey aficionados develop a greater love for the game and NHL players, Upper Deck will be donating a truckload of packs to be shared with kids in the program.
“We couldn’t be more excited about helping Defending the Blue Line by providing the organization new packs of NHL cards to be used with kids throughout the holidays,” said Jason Masherah, President of Upper Deck. “Upper Deck loves to assist charities involving the military and kids, so to find a charitable organization that targets both those key demographics was very exciting for the company. We are looking forward to continuing our efforts to help the organization in the future, and we know this donation will be a great way to share the fun of collecting NHL cards with these very worthy kids.”
Defending The Blue Line is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by a group of National Guard soldiers from Minnesota.
“I am so excited the Upper Deck Company has decided to lend support to military kids in our program by making this generous donation,” said Shane Hudella, President and Founder of Defending the Blue Line. “I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when they receive a new pack of hockey cards after getting the gear they need to play hockey. As they rifle through the cards in search of their favorite player, I know it will take their mind off of the stress that comes along with having a parent serving in our armed forces. We’re very thankful for this gift, it is through the generosity of the great people at Upper Deck that we will now be able to provide this ‘cherry on top’ benefit as we continue to keep hockey alive for the children of our nation’s heroes.”
For more information on the organization, visit www.defendingtheblueline.org.