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Islanders make big donation to Stop & Shop’s Island Harvest [Video]

Every time the Islanders scored a goal at UBS Arena this past season, it carried more meaning that just the score on the scoreboard. That’s because of a “Community Assist” partnership between the Islanders and Stop & Shop that contributed $50 for every assist the Islanders racked up on home ice during the 2023-24 campaign. The final number was 214 home-ice assists, and that meant a check in the amount of $10,700 for Island Harvest Food Bank.

On Monday at the Island Harvest warehouse in Melville, former Islanders defenseman Eric Cairns, team mascot Sparky, and team employees joined with associates from Stop & Shop for the check presentation. Everyone on hand from the Islanders and Stop & Shop also helped Island Harvest volunteers sort food and pack boxes to be distributed to senior citizens on Long Island.

“It means a lot,” said Cairns. “It’s for a lot of good stuff. …

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