VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A local roller rink is throwing it back this weekend with a donation drive aimed at helping children.
In lieu of the price of regular admission, the event at Haygood Roller Skating Center is asking people to bring canned or boxed food — or a cash donation.
All of the food and money will go toward ensuring local children don’t go hungry when school lets out in June. More than 25,000 students in Virginia Beach receive free or reduces meals each year — and many of them rely on summer feeding programs.
The rink’s owner, Brandon Stokes, said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Virginia Beach City Public Schools so they can distribute it to those that need it most over the summer.
“When I really heard some staggering numbers of how many kids go all summer without food. It really broke my heart,” Stokes said. “I’m like, ‘Let’s not keep this inside no more.’ Let’s tell people what we are doing so we can get more money to give to these kids.”
Stokes, who bought the rink three years ago, is no stranger to Haygood. He used to DJ at the rink and his mother also worked there for 20 years.
The rink originally opened in the 1970’s, and Stokes said the business is family-oriented and committed to helping the community.
“If you haven’t been to the skating rink in some years because you’re busy, this is a good way to come give back,” Stokes said.
Those who go to the rink on Saturday can enjoy 80s and 90s music for the “Throwback to Haygood Skating Center” and donate to a good cause. The event is being held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.