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Published January 31, 2010, 06:27 PM

Pucks For Plates

Today people in the community got to meet their favorite UND hockey players while helping out area homeless.

Today people in the community got to meet their favorite UND hockey players while helping out area homeless.

Dave Sena/Northlands Rescue Mission: This is a great event to promote hockey and also promote the fight against hunger

Today was an event for the young and the old at the third annual Pucks for Plates at the Ralph Englestad Arena. Players from the UND Men's Hockey team help raise money for the Northland's Rescue Mission by signing a few autographs and also doing some dirty work.

Chris Vandevelde/UND Hockey Player: We don't have to do much other than sign autographs and bus tables so its fun getting to meet a lot of our fans and a seeing a lot of new faces.

Dave Sena, the director of the Northlands Rescue Mission, says he sees new faces every day at the mission. 1 family ticket purchased today will help feed and house a homeless person for four days.

Dave Sena/Northlands Rescue Mission: Fifty bucks will help a person stay at the mission for four days and have 12 meals so that fifty dollars goes a long way to help someone in need.

Chris Vandevelde/UND Hockey Player: It's real important to us i know we obviously have it lucky with this facility and you know where we come from and all that stuff but there are people less fortunate and we're obviously trying to help them and we don't take anything for granted.

The people who attended the festivities today say it feels good to help people in need.

Betsy Beck/Attended Event: it feels good just a little simple thing to help can go along way and there are a lot of people around here that are here to see the players but in the end they're helping other people.

One hundred and thirty people attended the event, this event will help serve ninety thousand meals at the mission this year.

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