SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. - The Pakkala family will be the first to admit social media isn't their thing. But when Brent Pakkala found out his daughter Callie's best friend Hannah and her little sister Hope couldn't play with the Sauk Rapids Youth Hockey Association this year because of money he knew he needed to do something.
After a sleepless night Brent went on Twitter and on a whim sent his NHL idol Theo Fleury a message asking for help. Theo responded right away and asked Brent to send him their story. Theo put it on social media and the response has been overwhelming.
"I got a tweet from the woman in Colorado and she said 'I just called your youth hockey association. I paid everything for the girls for the entire year,' I was like oh, wow," Brent said.
He needed $870. He's now up to $1,800.
Hannah and Hope's parents Mike and Michelle Trelfa say their girls know they can play hockey this year but don't know yet who's behind it all because they're at camp.
"I'm just going to tell them there are just some amazing people that have stepped up to help them and make sure they can play," Michelle Trelfa said.
"Just the change in their attitude since they've found out that they are going to be able to play has been amazing you know," Mike Trelfa, dad, said.
All the additional money that comes in will be used to help other kids get in the game. According to Brent, Theo Feury has plans to travel to Minnesota this fall to help raise more money to make hockey accessible for every child that wants to play.
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