Pueblo first responders to raise money for kids during 2017 Ice Cup

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - Friday morning, police officers and firefighters in Pueblo were getting ready for the 2nd annual police vs. fire hockey game, known as the Ice Cup.

"We are coming together to raise money to help the children in our community," said crime prevention officer Brandon Beauvais.

Beauvais says through the Heroes and Helpers program, many first responders come together from different agencies to help underprivileged children during the holiday season.

"We all pair up with underprivileged children in the community and take them on a shopping spree before Christmas," said Beauvais.

Last year the Ice Cup saw a sold-out crowd at the Pueblo Ice Arena.

Beauvais says more than 1,000 people came out to support the cause.

"We are all excited it's a great competitive game and at the end of the day the kids right here in our community will be the winners." "You could also bring a brand new unwrapped toy or children's book and that will also get you in the game until we hit capacity," said Beauvais.

The Ice Cup is set for Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the Pueblo Ice Arena.

The puck is set to drop at 2 p.m. Doors will be open as early as 12:30 p.m. for the remaining ticket sales, and pre-game entertainment.

"Due to problems of capacity faced last year, every person, children included, will need to purchase a ticket -- $5 or brand new unwrapped toy or children's book. If the child is small enough to sit on your lap ticket purchase won't be necessary," said Beauvais.