April 10, 2018 9:00 am

Scott Thompson: #PutYourSticksOut for Humboldt

Canadians are putting their hockey sticks outside their homes as a way to pay their respect to the victims of the Humboldt bus crash.

Canadians are putting their hockey sticks outside their homes as a way to pay their respect to the victims of the Humboldt bus crash.

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The last thing I wanted to do today was talk more about the pain being endured by Humboldt Saskatchewan and the rest of the nation.

However, ever since we first heard of the fate of the Humboldt Broncos Jr. hockey team, we can’t stop thinking about them.

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As the story unfolds the feeling of helplessness and anguish is almost overwhelming.

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It’s amazing how Canadians are not only reacting to this story but are trying to pay it forward and do something positive in the wake of such tragedy.

The GoFundMe page set up in the team’s honour easily topped the $5 million mark yesterday.

Blood donor clinics across the country are seeing a spike in those wanting to give.

Organ donations are also up after the heroic story of player Logan Boulet donating his and helping change the lives of six others after the crash.

READ MORE: Humboldt Broncos bus crash prompts increase in blood donations

In a time of such common grief, something as little as talking to each other can do a lot to remind us how fragile life is and what is truly important.

There is another grassroots campaign fueled by average folk who just want to pay respect to those who have touched their hearts.

The #PutYourSticksOut movement is trending on Twitter and is a way for the hockey family to pay respect by putting your hockey sticks outside your front door.

A simple way to feel better. During a tragedy, that seems impossible to imagine.

Scott Thompson hosts The Scott Thompson Show on Global News Radio 900 CHML. 

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