Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway recently appeared in Modern Luxury’s Hope issue discussing his Hath’s Heroes initiative and how people can give back to first responders. He also gave some advice during an extremely challenging and uncertain time.
Inspired by his great-grandfather, a Winnipeg firefighter, the 28-year old started the program in December to show his support and appreciation for first responders. In mid-December, Hathaway donated four tickets to Station 1B firefighters and visited first responders of Station 1 of the Arlington County Fire Department. He also spent time with personnel from Station 3 of ACFD in February.
Even though the NHL paused the season due to the Coronavirus outbreak on March 12, Hathaway has kept busy with Hath’s Heroes helping first responders, who are working tirelessly on the frontlines. Trail mix packets by Power Up Snacks were supplied to local first responders through Hath’s Heroes.
SuperFd Catering also teamed up with Hathway’s program to provide prepared meals for first responders. He matched the first $5,000 in donations and SuperFd provided a free meal to high-risk individuals with every meal purchased. In a video tweeted by the Capitals, Hathaway concluded by saying, “Together, we can help those who have always helped us.”
“Those first responders would need our help— now more than ever,” Hathaway said in the Hope issue. “If you can donate, find a worthy cause. Believe me, no matter the amount you can donate, your help will make a difference. You can also donate your time or [simply] listen. It’s by helping our neighbors that we will get through this.”
He remains positive during an extremely challenging and uncertain time. “There is no them— it’s just us,” he said, which were words of advice he was given recently. He expressed how important it is to empathize and support others and understand we are not alone. “And if you are struggling, reach out. Your mental health and your physical health are equally important throughout all of this.”
By Della Young