By Dwayne Tingley
Photo Credit: facebook.com/stjohnsedge
With almost 100 centimetres of snow whipped around by 140 kilometre-per-hour winds leading to a declared state of emergency, members of the St. John's Edge were blizzard-bound in the apartments as they got to see one side of life in the Newfoundland and Labrador capital.
Ten days later, they got to see the best of St. John's.
This is the compassionate side that makes the city such a special place.
Fans of the National Basketball League of Canada team filled two trucks with donations for the Community Food Sharing Association during the Edge's games on Sunday and Monday at Mile One Centre. These were the first two games since the extraordinary snowstorm.
"That's just the way Newfoundlanders are," said Kelsey Brazil, the director of team operations for the Edge.
"We come together to help each other out," she said. "We don't sit around and complain about the situation. Instead, we come together and help people in need. A lot of people had a difficult time so Newfoundlanders stuck together to help."
The games were re-scheduled because of the storm and the food drive had to be organized quickly by the Edge. Some players promoted the drive on their social media accounts and the team got the word out on-line and through other media platforms.
The food was distributed on Tuesday.
"We have to thank our fans for coming out to the games and supporting the food drive," Brazil said. "It was Newfoundland spirit at its best. Every time we have something like this, our fans have been big supporters."
Habitat for Humanity also had a presence at Monday's game and fans donated used household goods and cash. Brazil expects Habit to hold a similar drive at another game later this season.
The Edge (5-5) return to action on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 4 and 5, when they host the defending champion Moncton Magic (9-2).