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Toy collection, Santa Stinger photos highlight holiday initiatives

The season of giving includes game-night toy drive and holiday-themed fundraiser

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

The Columbus Blue Jackets are celebrating the season of giving with charitable opportunities that include a game-night toy drive and a holiday-themed fundraiser to benefit the Blue Jackets Foundation.

Toy Collection (Dec. 8)
The Columbus Blue Jackets, in partnership with WBNS-10TV, are asking fans to support The Salvation Army of Central Ohio's efforts to brighten the holidays for local families in need by donating toys at Nationwide Arena on Saturday, December 8 when the Blue Jackets host the Washington Capitals. Game time is 7 p.m.


Before the game, donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted by volunteers on the Front St. and McConnell Blvd. plazas outside the arena entrances. All toys collected will be donated to the Salvation Army of Central Ohio's Christmas Cheer program. Fans who donate that night will receive a voucher redeemable for a pair of complimentary tickets to a home game in January.

For those unable to make it to the game, toy donations will be accepted now through December 10 at the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at Nationwide Arena, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing as well as the OhioHealth Ice Haus, OhioHealth Chiller Easton, the OhioHealth Chiller Dublin or the OhioHealth Chiller North. Additionally, donors may drop off toys at the "Big 10TV Toy Drive" at the 10TV studios (770 Twin Rivers Dr., Columbus, OH 43215) on Friday, December 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

Santa Stinger Photos
For a $10 donation to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, fans attending home games on December 8, 15, 17 and 20 may have a photo taken with Santa Stinger. The photo station, located near section 116 on the main concourse, will be open during pre-game warmups and at intermissions. A printed copy and access to a digital version will be provided.   

Salvation Army Red Kettles
Fans entering Nationwide Arena on December 8, 15 and 20 will notice bell-ringing volunteers accepting donations at Salvation Army's signature red kettles located on the plazas.

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