Community bands together in supporting BCBS and Buffalo Sabres Foundation’s donation to the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Ice Skating Basin

With the Good Neighbor Skate Drop-Off coming to an end yesterday, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York (BCBS) and the Buffalo Sabres Foundation have announced that over 400 pairs of skates were donated over the three-day drop-off. 

The Good Neighbor Skate Drop-Off saw a wide assortment of sizes, brands and conditions of skates being donated. From skates aged nearly half a century to skates straight out of the box, all were welcomed with open arms.  The skates are now being cleaned and sharpened at Pure Hockey in Amherst and will be sent to the new Martin Luther King, Jr. skating basin to be used as loaner skates in the coming weeks. 

“We’re never surprised by the overwhelming generosity of the people of Western New York, and this is just another example of our community going above and beyond to benefit others,” said Cliff Benson, the chief development officer of the Buffalo Sabres. “We’re excited to have contributed to helping people enjoy one of the underrated advantages of a Buffalo winter.” 

The initiative included drop-offs at BCBS headquarters, on site at Pure Hockey in Amherst and finally, at the start of yesterday’s Sabres home game at First Niagara Center.