Sting fans go ‘The Extra Mile’ in fight against COVID

Chef Kevin Allen (left) and 10-year-old Kaleb Orrange (right) being recognized as the winners of the Sarnia Sting and Esso Extra Mile campaign. March 2021. (Photo by Metcalfe Photography)

Two Sarnia Sting fans are being recognized for going the “Extra Mile” in the fight against COVID-19.

The hockey club, in connection with Imperial’s Sarnia site, has named local chef Kevin Allen and 10-year-old ornament-maker Kaleb Orrange the winners of The Extra Mile contest.

Kevin and his wife Jan created Sarnia Blessings, an outreach program that makes and delivers hundreds of meals every week at no charge to those in need. To date, over 22,000 meals have been delivered across Sarnia-Lambton with local businesses, churches and other community groups helping out.

Kevin, who was nominated by his peers, received a $2,000 Esso gift card and two Gold Sarnia Sting season tickets for when the team returns to live action.

He said the news couldn’t come at a better time.

“The Esso gas card will definitely come in handy for our meal deliveries. Thank you to those who nominated me as well as the Sarnia Sting and Imperial Sarnia for this wonderful gift.”

Kaleb was named The Extra Mile youth winner for his contributions to an area food bank through the creation and sale of holiday ornaments. With some help from his mom, Kaleb partnered with a local business to sell over 330 ornaments and donated over $1,100

For his efforts, Kaleb has won a customized Sarnia Sting jersey and two Gold Sarnia Sting season tickets.

The Extra Mile contest was a three-week campaign in search of Sarnia-Lambton community members who have gone the extra mile to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic.