Players from the Edmonton Eskimos are in Wood Buffalo meeting residents across the region.
Fullbacks Christophe Normand and Calvin McCarty along with linebackers Korey Jones and Blair Smith took time on Wednesday to meet with patients at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre.
Jones tells Mix News it’s always a special feeling to be able to put a smile on someone else’s face.
“Just to take their mind of whatever they’re going through, even for a short time, that’s real, real special.”
The players took the time to meet patients in the continuing care facility, pediatric area, as well as those who were in the process of getting dialysis.
Normand, who was making his first trip to Fort McMurray, says this visit made their four-hour trip worth it.
“To come here and share some joy with the kids and some older patients and just to see them smile and have a good time while we’re here, it’s a good feeling.”
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Before their hospital visit, the players were in Anzac for a flag football introductory camp. They’re also holding another camp on Thursday at Shell Place.
“It’s an opportunity to be a light in someone’s day and do something special for people because people do things like that for me,” added Jones.
The Eskimos are also hosting a fan meet and greet and bbq at Shell Place on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with all the proceeds going towards the Wood Buffalo Food Bank.