Canadian Living Magazine

The joy of lacing on a pair of skates and getting out onto the ice is an experience Skate To Great wants every kid in Canada to have, regardless of financial circumstance. In just its second year, the Toronto-based charity has collected more than 6,500 donated pairs of gently used hockey and figure skates. The skates are sorted and refurbished – sharpened and given new laces, if necessary – by volunteers, then distributed to schools and organizations across the country. “Skating should be a rite of passage for kids, not a priviledge,” says charity cofounder Evan Kosiner. Skates, hockey gear and helmets manufactured in the last three years can be dropped off at StorageMart locations across the country. For more information, visit skatetogreat.org -RS