The amount of love and support that was shown in the aftermath of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash was immense.
Donations from all across the world, in all forms, came pouring in. Campaigns were run by small companies trying to do their part, and the globe was brought together in a time of grief to help families, a hockey team, and a community whose Broncos were so beloved.
The Go Fund Me account that started in the near wake after the crash quickly gained traction, raising over 15 million dollars. Donations from over 80 countries showed just how far love was sent.
Spotlight Sport and Corporate Wear, a company in Humboldt, worked 36 days straight at an average of 14 hours per day and printed well over 12,000 T-shirts sent as far away as Japan, Dubai and Finland that raised $304,209 to the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation.
A group of emergency service members from Lethbridge came together to organize a charity hockey game between Lethbridge EMS, Fire and RCMP. The game soon gained unbelievable traction and raised an incredible $42,000 for the Humboldt Broncos.
Colleen Lessmeister of Graphic Ad had no expectations when her business started selling decals to raise money for the Humboldt Broncos. The support turned out to be "overwhelming," as Graphic Ad got orders from as far away as Ontario and Illinois, she said. They ended up selling around 5,000 Humboldt Strong helmet stickers and raising $23,400.
'Sticks out for the Broncos' became a way that people of all ages could show that they were thinking of the Humboldt Bronco family, simply by leaving their hockey sticks outside the door.
It's nearly impossible to include every campaign or small gesture of individuals doing their part to send love the way of the Humboldt Broncos, but that shows how wide and how far the love came for a hockey team that brought the world together.
April 6th, 2019 will mark the 1st year anniversary of the bus crash, and a service will be held in the memory of the 29 members of the 2018/19 Humboldt Broncos hockey team at the Elgar Petersen Arena.