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Drop off used skates this weekend to benefit others

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and the Buffalo Sabres Foundation are partnering in an ice skate drop-off this weekend in which the partnership will then provide loaner skates to the Martin Luther King Jr.Park free ice skating program at the refurbished basin.

The Good Neighbor Skate Drop Off will collect unwanted ice skates regardless of condition or size. Donated skates will be refurbished, cleaned and sharpened by Pure Hockey, then donated to the park as to be used as loaner skates.

“This program will allow individuals with unused ice skates in their attic, outgrown, or tucked away to ‘pay it forward’ to those who don’t own ice skates or may have never ice skated before,” BlueCross BlueShield Senior VP Gretchen Fierle said in a news release. “The use of this OlmstedPark in winter months to engage in one of the region’s favorite healthy winter past-times at no cost supports our mission, and that of the Sabres Foundation.”

The drop-off starts from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the BCBS headquarters, West Genesee and 7th Street, in downtown Buffalo. Sabretooth will join health insurance representatives in greeting folks and collecting skates during a drive-by drop off event.

Drop off skates from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Pure Hockey, 3265 Sheridan Drive in Amherst; get the chance to meet Buffalo Sabre Zemgus Girgensons between 4 and 5 p.m.

The drop-off concludes from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at First Niagara Center, in advance of the Sabres-Capitals hockey game. Donors do not need a game ticket to drop off skates during this time. For more info, call 887-8951 or visit

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