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The Boyle Street organization provides service to vulnerable people in downtown Edmonton, and even in their bubble, it would be difficult for NHL players and staff not to notice the highly marginalized community just outside. of their accommodation.
« [Poverty] is a very visible evil in our community, ”said Tanti. “With COVID (-19), we (the Boyle Street Community Services building) were at capacity limited so we had a lot of people outside our building.
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“It was encouraging to see that someone in the bubble wanted to help and nurture our community. “
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Tanti said the delivery officials wanted to remain anonymous, but said he could reveal that those who paid for the meals were “a couple of guys from the Vegas team.”
“I received a call yesterday from a person on the team who had mentioned that he had noticed people in front of our building and he asked me if it would be appropriate… if the team could send pizza to the group, ”he told me. “The call was made later that day and our building was closing and we just didn’t have the staff to do it. So he asked if he could do it today instead.
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“I said, ‘Of course’.”
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Tanti said he spent time on the phone sorting out details, and then at noon on Wednesday, dozens of people were able to have pizza slices delivered to the JW Marriott hotel.
“People were very happy,” he said, noting that while the organization strives to provide people with large and healthy meals, “a few slices of pizza are a luxury they often cannot enjoy. .
“It’s a pretty special gesture.”
Tanti added that the gesture was particularly appreciated as it has been a very difficult time for everyone lately with the ongoing pandemic.
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When asked how the NHL bubble was viewed by many Edmonton homeless people immediately outside, Tanti said he believed that overall, the changes to downtown Edmonton due to the NHL bubble had been “well managed”.
However, he added that it may be too early to fully understand the effect of the bubble.
“We don’t know the effects right away,” Tanti said. “We have always said that whenever there is less public space… it has a pretty substantial impact on our community.
“However, the impact of this has already been felt because of COVID (-19). ”
Tanti said people interested in helping community members can click on the Boyle Street website.
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“The Vegas Golden Knights came here and matched the generosity that we see regularly from Edmontonians, and that’s encouraging,” he added.
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