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Patrick Kaleta Shows Buffalo Pride by Giving Back to Community

August 29th, 2014 at 10:31 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The story about Patrick Kaleta providing assistance to Blasdell man who had his scooter stolen has been circulated for the last few days, and rightfully so.

Kaleta is a native of Western New York and takes pride in helping the city any way he can. To recap the story, 42-year-old Rick Jarosz, who needs a special car and motorized scooter to get around, had his scooter stolen from him. The story aired on WGRZ-TV, and many around the area had offered assistance. Enter Kaleta, who founded the HITS (Helping Individuals To Smile) Foundation. Kaleta's foundation offered Jarosz the use of a vehicle that has the appropriate hand controls he needs in order to drive.

Kaleta has come under plenty of scrutiny for his edgy play on the ice. But one simply cannot question his true character. Hockey is a rough sport, and he plays his role to the best of his ability, which sometimes leads to disciplinary action from the NHL. Still, Kaleta has found a way to give back to the Buffalo community even while his future with the Sabres is in limbo.

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