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Detroit Red Wings' Evegeny Svechnikov makes donation to mid-Michigan amid flooding

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Posted at 11:17 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 11:16:59-04

(WXYZ) — Detroit Red Wings forward Evgeny Svechnikov helped out mid-Michigan after the historic flooding hit the area in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to DetroitRedWings.com, Svechnikov was in Muskegon when he saw the flooding and wanetd to help out.

"I was there in that rain," Svechnikov said to the website. "In Muskegon it was horrible, then I got to see the (photos of the) flooding. It's crazy. You never know. You can just live and never expect what can happen.

"I just feel bad. We wanted to help with that stuff. Midland got so flooded so we decided to go there."

Svechnikov donated 2,500 KN95 masks and 25 kegs of hand sanitizer to the United Way of Midland County.

With the help of a good friend, Svechnikov donated 2,500 KN95 face masks and 25 kegs of hand sanitizer to the United Way of Midland County.

"The generous donation of face masks and hand sanitizer from the Detroit Red Wings will go to volunteers and members of our community who are serving as 'boots on the ground' to help our neighbors. This is a long-term recovery effort, and we need to continue to keep our people healthy because this is going to take years to recover from. Even before the flood, hand sanitizer and masks were in short order, so to be able to mobilize from outside our community and receive these critical relief supplies is crucial and appreciated," the group said.

Svechnikov and his brother, Andrei, who plays for the Carolina Hurricanes, both teamed up for another donation in North Carolina.

Andrei played for the Muskegon Lumberjacks in 2016-17, according to DetroitRedWings.com. The hand sanitizer is from Burl and Sprig Premium Spirits in Muskegon.

"He knows a lot of people that do that company and make sanitizer and masks. He said, I can help you and it will be amazing to help the people out and the teams will help you out," Svechnikov said. "It's just a great way to support people where we can. We know him when my brother played in Muskegon. He helped us around so much, my first year in Grand Rapids and my brother's first year and my mom's first year in North America, he was helping a lot with a lot of stuff. Since then, we just kind of got closer and closer. So we've known each other for four or five years now. He's a very good friend of our family and an amazing person. He helped us to find the products and help us to send out."