Esks get a kick out of lending a hand – Metro US

Esks get a kick out of lending a hand

Patrons lining up for a hot meal got an unexpected treat last night as members of the Edmonton Eskimos put on their aprons and dished out pasta at the Hope Mission.

The Eskimos were there to support the community and volunteer their time for a good cause.

“Anything we can do to lift the mood and the spirits of the people that come here and eat here, it’s always good to get some extra help,” said Kelly Row, community relations co-ordinator.

“The Eskimos this year are struggling, and a lot of people here are struggling — you know, they can relate to each other. This will be a rallying point. Maybe the Eskimos can get some inspiration, go to greater heights this week and beat B.C.”

The players were in good spirits at the Hope Mission, tying each other’s aprons, laughing with one another and talking to the patrons at the Mission.

“I’ve done this before, not here in Edmonton, but in my community back home in Spokane, Washington,” said Dario Romero, defensive tackle for the Eskimos.

“I’m pretty sure they’ll be excited — they’re a lot easier on us than our fans.”