Letters: Pizza man comes through

Football team from Lower Mainland appreciates Andy's generosity

I thought I would forward this to you, I know that our manager Cory Pawluk sent this letter to the Times Colonist, but as the Pizza restaurant referred to is in Sooke and probably a lot of the players are from there too.  We are very grateful to the assistance provided to our teams.

As the manager of a local community football team, I would like to give you a head’s up on what transpired over the weekend.

On Sunday September 29 the Langley Minor Football Association had two teams traveling to Victoria for week five of the regular season.

During the second game, I was approached with the fact that the ferries were shut down for the night and we were not getting home.

Jen Boyd, president for the Victoria Spartans Association, and her group of helpers were quick to book rooms for all 100+ of us. Not only did they jump to get this before the rooms could be snatched up but what happened next was above and beyond the call of duty.

First, they told the hotel of the situation and they charged us probably half of a regular room fee. Here’s a kicker, Jen and group offered to split the remaining hotel cost with our association.Can you believe that?

Next, as we were heading to the hotel we were informed that one of their coaches owns a local pizza shop and was going to supply us dinner. Lo and behold, an hour later here comes Jen and her helpers with roughly 80 pizzas and a slew of sodas for the boys.

It doesn’t end there. A couple of our players do not eat meat and the only remaining slices of pizza had meat on them. What did they do? They drove all the way back to Sooke to get a vegetarian pizza just for them. Need I mention the reason the ferries were shut down was the incredible storm that was hitting the coast. Not one word of complaint came from them even once.

When they arrived back with the second pizza run they must have over heard the conversation I was having with one of our players who happened to be celebrating his 18th birthday that day. These folks made sure it was not left un-noticed. Upon arrival there was a pack of candles, plates, forks, etc., enough to serve the two teams the five cakes they brought back with them.

I had to share this story, there is no way we can leave this un-noticed and unprinted. In this day and age, stories of generosity are such a treat to read and I hope you choose to print this story of great kindness and sacrifice.

On behalf of Langley Minor Football, specifically the Bantam Mustangs and the Midget Stampeders, we want to publicly thank the Victoria Spartans Football Club, as well as their president Jen Boyd and all her amazing volunteers for taking such great care of us this past weekend.We hope to never have to replay the events, however, you know we would if the need was there. Thank you for being a class act.

Fiona Miller

Langley

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