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Toy Collection, Santa Stinger Photos highlight CBJ holiday initiatives

by Blue Jackets 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.

Santa Stinger Photos
For a $10 donation to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, fans attending home games on November 26 and December 5, 9, and 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.

Mystery Ornaments (Nov. 26)
For a $30 donation to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, fans can purchase a holiday ornament signed by a mystery Blue Jackets on Friday, November 26. Stinger wrapping paper is also available at $5 per sheet. The items will only be available online at

Toy Collection (Dec. 9)
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 Thursday, December 9 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 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 9 at nine City Barbecue locations, the OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks, the Blue Line Store's at Nationwide Arena and Polaris Fashion Place, and Safe Harbor and Danbury Senior Living locations. 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 9 from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Salvation Army Red Kettles
Fans entering Nationwide Arena on November 24, 26, and December 9 will notice bell-ringing volunteers accepting donations at Salvation Army's signature red kettles located on McConnell Blvd. and Front St. Plazas from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m.

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