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Blue Jackets announce holiday initiatives

Mystery ornament fundraiser, Santa Stinger photos and a toy collection highlight initiatives

by Staff BlueJacketsNHL /

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


Mystery Ornament Fundraiser (Nov. 24) - The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation will offer a one-day sale of holiday ornaments signed by a mystery Blue Jackets player or Stinger on Friday, November 24. The ornaments will be sold online at for $30 each and mailed after December 6 to qualified US addresses. 


Santa Stinger Photos (Nov. 24, Dec. 9, Dec. 20, Dec. 23) - For a $10 donation to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, fans attending home games on November 24, December 9, December 20 and December 23 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.   


Toy Collection (Dec. 1) - 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 Friday, December 1 when the Blue Jackets host the Anaheim Ducks. 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 tickets to the January 30 game vs. the Minnesota Wild.

For those unable to make it to the game, toy donations will be accepted November 30 through December 14 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 Thursday, December 14 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  


Salvation Army Red Kettles (Dec. 1, Dec. 20, Dec. 23) - Fans entering Nationwide Arena on December 1, December 20 and December 23 will notice bell-ringing volunteers accepting donations at Salvation Army's signature red kettles located on the plazas. 

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